Today’s Miracle Moment is about stretching outside of your comfort zone so you can live more fully in the Miracle Zone.
I (Marci) am coming to you from beautiful Island Lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. Now, let me tell you, getting here was certainly a stretch outside of my comfort zone.
It’s not that being in nature is a stretch for me because I’ve always loved nature. I grew up as a girl scout, and we’d camp every summer. However, in my 62 years of life, I’d never backpacked into a remote area. So, when my partner, Sergio, suggested we do a backpacking trip, all kinds of objections, resistance and fears came up.
My mind started having a little anxiety party… Was I going to be able to handle the weight of the heavy backpack? Was it going to be too hard for me to hike in? Were we going to be so remote that there wouldn’t be anybody around if we needed help? Would we encounter bears?
While I almost said no to the trip, I realized I didn’t want to spend any more time in resistance. Fears can block progress by keeping us stuck in our comfort zone, and I wanted to move beyond that.
One of the principles that Dr. Sue Morter and I teach in the Your Year of Miracles program, which is about how to live in the Miracle Zone, is to choose where you put your energy and attention.
Initially I had put my focus on all the possible problems. Fortunately, I was able to catch myself and shift my attention partway through my thought process. It’s not that my fear disappeared–I still felt the fears, but I decided to go anyway and just put my attention on what I wanted to experience.
I told myself, “Okay, I’m going to do this. I can do this even though it’s a stretch for me, and it’ll be a fabulous experience.” Making this choice landed me in the most magical, phenomenal place that was nourishing to my soul. That would not have happened had I not shifted my attention and stretched beyond my comfort zone!
An Invitation to You…
This week I invite you to find something that would stretch you outside of your comfort zone. It might not be physical. Maybe it’s about your finances or perhaps it’s some kind of social stretch like putting together a Zoom party with friends or family.
Moving beyond your comfort zone will build your inner strength and create more possibilities in your life. You’ll experience living more in the Miracle Zone.
So, select a stretch that’s right for you, and share that in the comments below. Let’s join together and cheer each other on in choosing where we put our energy and attention so we can stretch beyond our comfort zone. Then, celebrate yourself when you’ve actually done that stretch.
I send you my love and my great wishes in moving beyond your comfort zone to live in the Miracle Zone.
“Real change is difficult at the beginning, but gorgeous at the end. Change begins the moment you get the courage and step outside your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
― Roy T. Bennett