15 #RayQuotes on Comfort Zones

Happy Saturday! I was pondering the subject of comfort zones today and how easily they can capture us and steal our dreams.

Some of you know I love coining new motivational quotes. Over the years Twitter became my repository of quotes that came to me in a moment. Here are meanderings over the years on the topic of a comfort zone.

Some of these wound up in published quote books and websites or on t-shirts. Others fell into Twitterverse oblivion.

I hope you find one or two that encourage you to abandon your comfort zone a pursue your bliss.

1) A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.
2) A comfort zone is a starting place, not a staying place.
3) You’ve got nothing to lose except your comfort zone!
4) A comfort zone is where dreams go to die.
5) Your desire to get better must have enough escape velocity to break free from the gravity of your comfort zone.
6) End your comfort zone before it ends your dreams.
7) There is no comfort in the growth zone and no growth in the comfort zone.

8) Comfort zones are expensive. They are rented at the cost of lost dreams.
9) No life was ever transformed from the safety of a comfort zone.
10) Your comfort zone is your prison until you step beyond it.
11) We cannot sit in our comfort zones and demand answers. Answers are for those who dare, who risk, who challenge.
12) Negativity is a comfort zone for many; a hiding place for our smallness.
13) Your best friends are the ones who challenge your comfort zones, not the ones who share them with you.
14) For many people, negative thinking is a comfort zone and a protection against disappointment.
15) There are millions just existing in their comfort zones and convincing themselves they’re happy. Don’t let it be you!

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

Ray

Judge Not! Start with You

Many people have mastered not judging others, but still judge the person hardest not to judge – themselves.

Give yourself the same break you give everyone else. Nourish yourself with self-affirmation and never, ever beat yourself up for anything you’d cut other people slack for.

I’m not saying don’t push yourself. I’m saying don’t push yourself off the cliff of self-judgment. That’s a dream killer not a motivation tool.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

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The Hero’s Journey – How Do We Apply It in Our Lives?

Hey, my friends. Last night was my second episode of Excursions in the Mind on the Stay Home and Come With Me Network. In presentation, I discuss a topic very near and dear to my heart – Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey.

I first came across this metaphor about 30 years ago and have used in my own life. I break down what it is, how Campbell came up with it, and how we can effectively apply this journey to answer the calls to adventure in our lives.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are AWESOME!

Ray

Seven Characteristics of the Hero Within You

Today’s Affirmation:

When I feel helpless I remember I AM powerful. When I feel weak I remember I AM strong!

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Some may see it as cliche to talk in terms of the hero within. After all, we have a tendency to overuse words like hero and dilute their meaning. However, I really want you to embrace this idea that a hero lives within you. Every person reading this is disguised all day like Clark Kent just waiting for your phone booth moment to arrive.

We are inundated by the idea that soldiers, firefighters, and police officers are heroes. No question, they are heroes. Yet, I would argue that the seeds of heroism lie within each of us. The single parent raising several successful children is a hero. The person who works for peace daily is a hero. The person who shares a kind word with someone who needs it is a hero too.

Here are seven characteristics of a hero to help you see the moments in your life when you are one.

  1. The hero’s work may be great or small. It does not always change the world. Sometimes it just changes the moment.
  2. The hero’s work is everywhere he or she goes all day long. The hero is always looking for those phone booth moments to step forward and shine.
  3. The hero may deserve or even get the credit, but the hero does not do it for the credit.
  4. The hero puts the good of the team ahead of his or her own good. The hero knows his or her work is bigger than self.
  5. The hero sees beyond appearances and gets to what is real and true; choosing to live there.
  6. The hero knows that criticism and blame comes with the territory and is careful never to associate himself or herself with either.
  7. You are a hero. Plain and simple, you are. Let that part of you come to the surface at every opportunity.

The hero you are waiting for IS waiting for you in the mirror.

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss!

Ray

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When Everything Wasn’t An Emergency – Day 311 of 365 Days to a Better You

Are you old enough to remember? There was a time not all that long ago when every single solitary thing wasn’t an emergency.

There was no 24/7 news cycle to turn mundane events into level 10 crises. People actually drove from here to there without the need to talk to or text anyone. Kids had daily summer adventures and their parents had no clue where they were all day. A conversation was between two or a few people within earshot of each other or over a phone connection. It wasn’t a viral event in front of millions of eyes stirring hair trigger controversy.

To be sure, there were drawbacks to those days as well. I’m not suggesting you abandon the benefits today’s tech has provided. I am saying it’s incumbent upon you to know when too much is enough. You must be smart consumers of the firehose of information pointed your way, weeding through the crisis of the minute and focus on what’s really important. You must reclaim your ability to have disagreement within our free society without sacrificing your sanity,

Not everything is an emergency. Not every battle is worth having just because it rolls through your information stream. You need not juggle a thousand data points on every aspect of your day just because you can.

It’s beneficial to unplug, step off the information treadmill, and release the need to be in 24/7 crisis mode about literally everything.

The world used to spin around just fine without our moment-to-moment monitoring. It can again for you, if you’re willing to take a breath and restore the balance between the ability to know everything and the need to.

Just in case no one has reminded you today, YOU are awesome!

Ray

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