Have you ever been driving your car and suddenly realized you had left the emergency brake on? Did you push down harder on the gas to overcome the drag of the brake? No, of course not. You simply released the brake and with no extra effort you started to go faster. Most people drive through life with their psychological emergency brake on. They hold on to negative images about themselves or suffer the effects of powerful experiences they haven't yet realized. They stay in a comfort zone entirely of their own making. They maintain inaccurate beliefs about reality or harbor guilt and self doubt. And when they try to achieve their goals, these negative images and preprogrammed comfort zones always cancel out their good intentions--no matter how hard they try. Successful people, on the other hand, have discovered that instead of using increased willpower as the engine to power their success, it's simply easier to "release the brakes" by letting go of and replacing their limiting beliefs and changing their self images.
GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Think of your comfort zone as a prison you live in-- a largely self created prison. It consists of the collection of can'ts, musts, must nots and other unfounded beliefs formed from all the negative thoughts and decisions you have accumulated and reinforced during your lifetime. Perhaps you've even been trained to limit yourself.
DON'T BE AS DUMB AS AN ELEPHANT
A baby elephant is trained at birth to be confined to a very small space. Its trainer will tie its leg with a rope to a wooden post planted deep in the ground. This confines the baby elephant to an area determined by the length of the rope--the elephant's comfort zone. Though the baby elephant will initially try to break the rope, the rope is too strong, and so the baby elephant learns that it can't break the rope. It learns that it has to stay in the area defined by the length of the rope.
Perhaps this also describes you, still trapped in a comfort zone by something as puny and weak as the small rope and stake that controls the elephant, except your rope is made up of the limiting beliefs and images that you received and took on when you were young. If this describes you, the good news is that you can change your comfort zone. How? There are three different ways:
1. You can use affirmations and positive self talk to affirm already having what you want, doing what you want, and being the way you want.
2. You can create powerful and compelling new internal images of having, doing, and being what you want.
3. You can simple change your behavior.
All three of these approaches will shift you out of your old comfort zone.
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