Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Where is My Comfort Zone?

An iridologist once told me that I needed to be creating bigger. My daughter tells me the same thing. She also said something about a comfort zone which has made me spend way too much time thinking about it. I read an article that said over time, we all gather a set of constricting habits that trap us in a zone of supposed comfort, well below what our potential would allow us to attain. Pretty soon, such habits slip below the level of our consciousness, but they still determine what we think that we can and cannot do—and what we cannot even bring ourselves to try. So, that makes me wonder what habits in my creative ventures have become unconscious for me?

There are plenty of things I haven't tried. Does that mean it's outside my comfort zone or that it doesn't interest me? See how complicated this can get.

I think I'll start by just noticing my habits and altering one or two and see what happens. I'll do something--anything—-differently and see what happens. I know by changing one thing, then something else will change, and voila. It's the proverbial domino effect. New thinking. New ideas. New creativity.

One thing I'll try: embracing failure and rejection. That's really out of my "zone."


Connie said...

Don't forget to read the haiku. I'm proud of that. Fits today's thoughts so perfectly.

Sarah said...

What makes your stomach do a little flip or dip when you think about doing it? If you weren't interested you wouldn't have a physical reaction to the thought. I think not doing/creating something because of fear of failure is exactly the comfort zone we're talking about it.

At first you didn't want to share your blog . . but then you did. I think that was leaving your comfort zone.

love the haiku: )

Connie said...

And you're right. Leaving the zone has been rewarding, liberating and a whole lot of fun. Thanks for the encouragement.

Sue said...

Seems to be what the Reggie class is all about, doesn't it? Stretching yourself enough to put the work up on the wall...