One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

“At any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” – Abraham Maslow

So true. And given that choice many people pick safety…comfort…the familiar…the norm. It is so much easier and less scary than to do something new or different. There’s no thinking needed. No extra work required. It’s what we are accustomed to…the status quo…piece of cake. Oh, it may be a bit mundane or boring at times, but what is that if the other option involves change, growth, or the unknown, right? This is the mentality many people have toward life. I know for sure that it was my attitude of mind for a long time.

But what if you chose to “step forward into growth”…to do something different, out of the ordinary, or outside your comfort zone? It’s a frightening concept to be sure, but one I would strongly urge you to embrace. There are plenty of examples illustrating just how much truth there is in this. Take for example the fact that virtually every book I have ever read on successful entrepreneurs and leaders talks about the risks they took which resulted in their successes…how they stepped outside their comfort zone and ended up realizing their dreams. No matter the industry, education or background of those individuals, the one thing they share is the link between moving away from their safety zones and realizing their dreams. I don’t believe this is a coincidence – I think these people are on to something the rest of us can capitalize on if only we’d take a chance on ourselves…think bigger, play bigger, dream bigger.

Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I think we’d all agree that truly is insanity. It just doesn’t work that way. If you want something new or different for your life then you have to do something different. It really is that simple. No more excuses, no more victim mentality, no more settling for less than you want or deserve. Step away from your safety zone and make a move toward growth and change. Your wildest dreams can come true by just doing a few things differently…taking a few risks. Create a new norm for your life…one that allows you to be the person you have always wanted to be.