“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.” Mark Twain
Remember that the subconscious stores all our memories, beliefs, self-image and habits. Because it is this storehouse, it wants to keep us safe from repeating mistakes and prefers to stick to the ‘tried and true.’ It doesn’t feel safe when we try to go outside the comfort zone, out on a limb. Even if the fruit is out there, the subconscious sets up such an uncomfortable feeling of fear, anxiety or even panic, that we don’t have the desire to take what we see as a risk.
But we have to remember that some of those limiting beliefs we have stored away, may have been set up before we even went to school when we didn’t have the ability to use our intellect and reason. Now as an adult we do. We can make different decisions, so that we move towards what creates meaning in our lives and trust ourselves to handle the stress that may follow. Research has shown that going after the meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid the discomfort of staying where you are.
Enjoy going out on a limb! Robyn