So what exactly is the “Home Zone”?
The Home Zone is the place where you normally “live”. It’s the
place where you feel the most comfortable…the comfort zone. I like
to call it the Home Zone because it’s like being in your own home.
You’re comfortable there, you know what to expect, nothing out of the
ordinary happens there, and you feel safe.
Well I’m here to tell you that you need
to get out of your “home”! In order to achieve success, in order
to grow, and in order to challenge yourself, you must step of outside
of that home zone and get a little uncomfortable.
See, the thing with your home zone, is
that you may not necessarily be happy there, but you’re not THAT
unhappy that you’re willing to change either.
Change is scary, change is unknown, but
change is GOOD! Stepping outside of your home zone is a risk,
without a doubt. You are putting yourself out there, but there are
some steps you can take to minimize your discomfort (although
remember, some discomfort is a good thing)!
Some people (myself included) thrive on
variety and change and don’t seem to mind stepping outside of that
zone; for others it’s very difficult and challenging to start
stepping out. Why is it so difficult to get out of that home zone?
Well, your home zone is “safe”; think about it, in sports the
home base is the “safety spot”.
The home zone defines the
boundaries of what we know and understand. As we edge closer to
opening the door to the home zone, everything becomes less sure and
less known to us.
But here’s the deal: those EDGES are
where you experience true growth as a person. I also like to call it
a home zone because for most of us those edges are walls that can be
tough or down right difficult to bust through or break down. You
must literally give it conscious thought and effort to push your way
You must retrain your thought processes on a daily basis to
put yourself out there.
Here is a great area to start
visualizing. Imagine yourself in your home (make it however you
like; it’s your house)! Now start visualizing yourself opening the
door and stepping out onto the porch; and then the steps; and then
the walkway, etc.
I suggest you start in small ways to
get used to this way of thinking. Here are some examples:
- Try a new food
- Go eat at a restaurant by yourself
- Keep a journal faithfully for a week, a
- Learn something new (surfing, throw a
clay pot, running with the bulls), you get the idea
- Talk to a stranger in the grocery store
- Ask someone you admire to be your
- Admit you were wrong
- Ask someone for help
- Forgive someone
- Start a blog
- Change up your workout time and/or
Remember that stepping out of your home
zone takes practice, practice, practice! In order to get what you
want in life, you need to develop this skill and work it like a
muscle. How do you step outside your home zone?
Please share….(you’ll notice this post is aligned different; it’s that way on purpose! I tend to be a little anal with perfect borders, alignment, etc…
I put myself in a little bit of discomfort by changing things up a little)!