There is little beauty inside of your comfort zone. I’ve found time and time again that true beauty is found when you step outside of your comfort zone and keep your eyes open for what’s out there. I recently finished a record-breaking run for me and when I finished, I shot this short video for you. The message: Keep your eyes open and see what happens.
You will never hear yes if you never ask. What holds you back from making the impossible asks in your life? Usually, it’s because you’re stuck in the most dangerous place in the world…your comfort zone.
What is the Impossible Ask?
The impossible ask is the question that scares you the most. In fact, just thinking of asking it terrifies you. It’s the question that has never been asked before. It’s the question that seems…well impossible to ask. It’s crazy. It’s potentially embarrassing. It leads to unknown places.
It’s different for everyone. And asking it will change your life.
The impossible ask might be when you ask your boss for that huge raise. It might be when you ask a publisher to publish your book. It could be any number of things.
But most people never ask.
Today, I’ll show you how to bust out of your comfort zone and make the impossible ask.
I recently made a terrible parenting mistake. One that I swore I would never make. I’ve seen far too many well-intentioned people make this mistake. They want to prevent a loved one or someone they lead from feeling pain, making mistakes, embarrassing themselves, or accidentally going against a social norm.
What was that terrible mistake that I made?
I told our four-year old daughter, Aracelli, not to play in the mud. Worse, I got mad at her for doing so.
That may not seem like a big deal to some of you. After all, there are important things to protect. Like our carpet, her clothes, and her lady-like behavior.
Life is painful sometimes.
My aunt Mary recently passed away from a two-year battle with cancer. Her last days were unimaginably painful. While we miss her tremendously, we all breathed a sigh of relief for her sake when she was taken home.
I’ve never experienced the kind of physical, emotional, or spiritual pain she went through. But I have been through pain. Because of the things I have done, risks I have taken, and people I have trusted. For the longest time, I had no clue what to do with it, but over time, I learned how to use pain.
Making art in any form takes bravery. Are you brave enough to make it? (Click to Tweet) That is the question that I tackled with Todd Liles and Dan Black on Todd’s latest podcast. I asked you for your questions in my previous post, You Are an Artist, Now Go Act Like One, and you submitted […]
We are all artists now.
That is the declaration Seth Godin makes in the opening of his new book, The Icarus Deception.
Your comfort zone says otherwise. Your comfort zone says:
“School taught me to keep my head down, raise my hand to speak, get a good job with health insurance and maybe, just maybe my 401(k) will allow me one day to make art.”
That is the lie of your comfort zone. Your comfort zone is the devil on your shoulder telling you that you can never truly be an artist. It tells you that your work doesn’t matter and that the art that is clamoring to leap out of you will always be restrained by societal pressures, bills to pay, and the ringing words of all those who have laughed at the dreamers.
If you are reading this post and haven’t awakened to the reality that our economy is drastically different than it was twenty years ago, I need to tell you something:
Our economy is drastically different than it was ten years ago. It’s probably going to be different in three years…or thirty minutes.