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Covid-19 Musings: Comfort zone, what comfort zone?

Coronavirus has definitely affected everything in life. Many of us have been living in our comfort zone, complacently and perhaps slightly numb. Lockdown is making things clear. It has challenged us and will continue to do so. Hiding from it, is an option, we have free will, but it will be a hard choice to follow through with.

Change will be necessary. But more than that relearning. Reeducating ourselves to do things we have taken for granted. After 12 weeks indoors, shielding, the thought of encountering people in the street is daunting. How do you do social distancing?... thats a daft thought isnt it. But that is my mind. My nagging doubting mind, looking to show me I am not good enough, I cant cope.

This time telling me I cant do social distancing, I wont know where to stand or when I am too close. All of which are, in fact, just about common sense. My self-doubt would have be believe it more akin to Einstein territory and I am ill equipped. It is a nagging voice, quietly whispering scenarios and how I will get them wrong.

My comfort zone, that place where I knew, I knew what I was doing has been wiped out. I am now in the uncomfortable zone, where everything is new, awkward, challenging and at times scary. Though the thought of venturing outside leaves me anxious, there are benefits to breaking ones comfort zone.

Or has it is sometimes know - complacency, or that place you keep yourself in because you tell yourself you cant. For years I have wanted to automate my business... I mean YEARS! But my self-doubt stopped... it told me I didnt need it, I couldnt afford it, I wasnt good enough or clever enough to do it and so on. Im sure some of you recognise the voice I am talking about.

But once the noise of the world was stopped, the habit of daily life was broken. I could see my resistance, feel it and walk right through it. Lockdown gave me a gift. It made me uncomfortable. So, I could face my self-doubt and move passed it.

Many people have talked about learning something new during lockdown, well I am one of them. I learnt - I can!.

What have you learnt? Hoping that even if it was uncomfortable it has been worth it.

Sarah

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Interesting article Sarah and very true for a lot of people. When I decided to go to University at 23 I was working in factory with 63 others. Half of them came and told me about plans they had to do something else. I asked each one - why don't you do it then? Most gave excuses but two actually did. Most people's limits are self imposed.

Adrian

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