Making the Leap: Thoughts on Leaving Our Comfort Zones

Written by SeanRitchey on June 22, 2011

I’m not sure if it makes sense to write a blog post on leaving my comfort zone while sitting on my porch, in a comfortable chair, with my feet up, and a delicious cold beverage by my side.  Maybe this post should be about irony.  Or how privileged my life is that at 4:00 PM on a sunny June day, I can just sit around and ponder about life and the world – that I didn’t have to walk seven hours to get drinking water today.

*Sips before mentioned beverage*

Making the jump from knowing to being is not an easy undertaking.  It so deeply depends on ones willingness to leave their comfort zone and step into the unknown.   Right now, I feel myself on that edge.  I see what I want to do next, but I’ve come to that boundary where I can no longer play it safe.  I have to step out of my comfort zone.  Make the leap.  Take the risk.  I’m been on this edge for a few weeks now, walking back and forth trying to see if I can find another, more comfortable step forward.   But there isn’t one, the time has come, to take a deep breath and do it.

I think in order to attempt to create anything of scale in this world, you have to be somewhat delusional.  Because statistically, you’re so likely to fail. As just one example, 90% of new companies fail in the first five years.  But every entrepreneur believes they are the exception.  Otherwise, they wouldn’t bother starting their company in the first place.

It’s such a balancing act though.  If you’re too delusional, too disconnected with reality, you’re nearly guaranteed to fail, since you won’t be responding to your environment.  But if your overly realistic, you’ll just say, “There’s a 9 in 10 chance this company will fail, why bother?”

What I feel like I’m rubbing up against right now, is that I’m less delusional than I used to be.  Which on a the whole, I think makes me a better…what’s the word…person.  But I also think that I need to push myself off the edge a little bit more often, and get outside my comfort zone.  After all, it’s good for our heart to beat really fast sometimes…And it’s the “holy-shit” moments that we remember in the end.

And as the chinese proverb says, “A man grows most tired while standing still.”

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