Highway out of the comfort zone.

Don't let the smile and sparkles fool you, this is NOT comfortable!

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“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”–Dan Hayes

I’m not one for inspirational quotes, but this one speaks to me because it makes complete sense, and I love sense.  If you want something to change, but you’re not making any changes, how do you expect change to occur?

I admit, making a change is scary.  I’ve made many changes in the past that have scared the beep out of me, including:

  • Quitting ballet in high school
  • Moving out of my parents house and into Broward Hall at UF
  • Becoming a bar tender
  • Going back to school for my Master’s
  • Becoming a fitness competitor
  • Retiring from the Atlanta Hawks Dance Team
  • Retiring from bar tending
  • Becoming a group exercise instructor
  • Becoming a personal trainer
  • Starting my own business

WAAAAAAAAAY out of my comfort zone here. The dance team had to fill in for some of the cheerleaders last minute, and we had to learn how to stunt the night before this game. Hand up butt + scary stunts = out of comfort zone

Every one of these changes was frightening for me.  In some cases I was scared of failure, in others, I was scared of losing my identity.  I could not be happier to have made each one of these changes though.  If I had not stepped out of my comfort zone and made these changes, I would not be were I am today.

The same goes for your body.  If you’re not happy with the body you have now, do something about it.  Make a change!  You need to step out of your comfort zone.  This goes double for those of you who have hit a plateau.  Hitting a plateau just means that you need to make a change.  Meaning, you need to push harder.  The better shape you get into, the harder you’re going to have to work to improve and maintain that shape.  It always shocks me when people say, “You can probably eat whatever you want and not work out.”  Actually, it’s quite the opposite.  I eat a balanced diet, and push myself hard when it comes to exercise.  This is why, despite the 13 classes I teach weekly, I still workout on my own and take other people’s classes.  I love working with other trainers and taking other teacher’s classes because they know what I’m capable of and they push me past my comfort zone!  This is also the mentality that gets me through HIIT.

So, if you are striving for change, whether it’s with your weight, your health, your happiness, your job, your relationship, or any other aspect of your life, and you’re still getting the same results, you need to make a change!  Step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to make a change – small change, big change, loose change, just make a change!

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  1. #1 by Jackie on April 17, 2012 - 4:57 pm

    How do I subscribe to the blog?!

    • #2 by fitdesiree on April 17, 2012 - 8:50 pm

      Hi Jackie! There should be a ‘follow’ button at the bottom right hand corner of your screen, when you go to my blog. Hit that button and enter your email and you’ll get an email whenever I post a new blog:)

  2. #3 by Jeff on April 22, 2012 - 3:37 pm

    Your comfort zone is a lie, contrary to what you might believe, staying in your comfort zone only provides TEMPORARY comfort.
    What’s actually happening is that you’re letting your mental fear of keep you trapped and overwhelmed. Stepping out of your comfort zone means taking small risk and sometimes going against what your mind tells you is “best judgment.” I think what holds many back in their zone is often the overwhelming fear of failure that we’ll be embarrassed or humiliated if we try something new and not succeed.

    I actually wrote a full article on my blog http://iusedtobethatguy.com/your-comfort-zone-is-a-lie , please feel free to check it out my other inspirational articles.

    http://iusedtobethatguy.com/your-comfort-zone-is-a-lie

    • #4 by fitdesiree on April 22, 2012 - 4:24 pm

      Hi Jeff! Thanks for the comment! I completely agree that people let their fear get in the way, especially when trying something new. I will check out your blog, thank you for sharing:)

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