Personal growth implies exploring life outside of your comfort zone. People like Anthony Robbins have made it their life mission to teach people how to identify their comfort zone as well as many ways of breaking through or past their comfort zone.

Why reach past our comfort zone? In order to access more of life: more energy, more significance, more love, more life enjoyment and fulfillment and we can contribute more.

Most people would define the comfort zone as a psychological phenomenon. It is however more than that. Brene Brown defines the comfort zone as:

“Where our uncertainty, scarcity and vulnerability are minimized—where we believe we’ll have access to enough love, food, talent, time, admiration. Where we feel we have some control.”

The comfort zone is psychological in nature AND we experience it through our bodies, through our bodily feelings.

When we encounter challenges in life, it’s usually challenging because, at least in part, we are being called beyond our comfort zone. We get asked to gather our resources, our energy and to rise above.

So why would we ever choose to stay in our comfort zone?

Well there are a few reasons. For one, we may not feel safe or stable enough to challenge the box that we’re in. Our nervous systems may be in survival mode which limits our access to all energy, especially bio-energy (life force).

Introducing more instability into our lives before we are stable enough to handle it, is a recipe for unsustainability and/or failure. This is why change can be difficult. If we are not stable and secure enough while introducing change, we typically fail.

We may not be used to or be able to feel Courage. Courage is the ability to feel fear and to take action in spite of feeling fear or confusion. When I think of courage, I always remember the fire, police and rescue personnel that were present during 9/11. They ran into the buildings without thinking of themselves.

Another reason why we could choose to stay in our comfort zones is because we are disconnected from ourselves. If we numb ourselves to the world (and there are many ways to do this), then we’re out of touch with who we are, how we’re living our life, and life is harder to navigate (finding a purpose, meaning, motivation).

When we are disconnected from ourselves, we don’t fully feel the consequences of our actions, our choices, our habits and our thoughts.

And when we are disconnected from ourselves, we also do not feel the fullness of our human experience such as joy, ecstasy, resolution, relief or happiness.

In the case of being disconnected, it’s not that we choose to stay in the comfort zone; It’s that we don’t have much reference to go by and by default we stay in the comfort zone.

So if you like the status quo of your life, your relationships, your finances and your health, then you’ll carry on as usual. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Life may be calling to you though. It will usually call to you, not In a dream or a burning bush, but with a level of dissatisfaction. You’ll feel like you’re missing something, or that life would be better if …

The calling may be subtle, like the whisper of discontentment. It can also be quite loud, like the bang of an accident or illness.

If life is calling to you and you want more: more energy, more significance, more love, more life enjoyment and fulfillment and you want to contribute more, then you’ll want to find ways to stretch yourself.

It’s not that we leave our comfort zone. We stretch it to include more of life in it. The Align Adventure is our offering to you, to help you listen to the call and to stretch beyond what you’re used to. If that’s what you want. If that’s what you need.