Monday Meditation: Beyond the Comfort Zone

4 Feb

I thought this quote was a great way to end a long Monday:

“Most people never get there. They’re afraid or unwilling to demand enough of themselves and take the easy road, the path of least resistance. But struggling and suffering, as I now saw it, were the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not constantly demanding more from yourself—expanding and learning as you go—you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.”

-Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

This quote intrigued me because it is so applicable to life in general, whether you’re a runner or not. Going beyond the comfort zone is a concept I discuss with my clients who struggle with depression or anxiety. When you aren’t feeling well or when your runs become rote, it can be easy to go along with the status quo and avoid new challenges. It is when we expose ourselves to a little bit of anxiety that we are truly able to see what we are capable of. For someone dealing with mental health issues, that could mean something as simple as leaving the house or walking around the block. For a runner, that could mean working toward a new race distance, going for a PR, trying a new HIIT workout, signing up for an obstacle course or triathlon…and so on, and so on. During the final miles of my first half marathon, I had several moments where I just wanted to slow down or stop. But I didn’t, and I crossed that finish line proudly.

The possibilities are seemingly endless when you move your mind and body forward. Beyond the comfort zone is where the magic happens.

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One Response to “Monday Meditation: Beyond the Comfort Zone”

  1. Amanda February 5, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    Definitely a great reminder for running and life! If we don’t constantly push our limits, we hit a plateau and don’t improve.

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