Get out of your comfort zone

While sitting in my office in deep thought, I was gazing out the sliding glass door to the deck and noticed a wasp that was trapped in the space between the glass door and the screen door. I have no idea how he found himself in that predicament, nor why he simply didn’t backtrack and exit the same way he entered. But after watching for quite some time I realized that without some help he’d probably perish in his self-made prison. So I carefully opened the glass door just enough where I could slide the screen door back by a foot or so, thinking this would give the wasp an easy escape route. But to no avail. The wasp continued to try to escape by flying at the screen mesh, bouncing back, and trying another spot on the mesh. He could see freedom, but he could not fathom how to get there.

There was no questioning his desire: his repeated bursts into the screen had to have given him a pretty good headache (if wasps get such things). It was interesting to note that several times he was within one inch of flying to freedom. But like many humans I know, he was within his comfort zone and not about to venture out. Finally, with some more “careful” assistance on my part, the wasp was finally able to fly away.

Albert Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. If your head’s been hitting the screen door (or the glass door) for quite some time now, perhaps it’s time to fly a different route. Your desired result may be a lot closer than you think, if you’re willing to venture to new territory.

5 thoughts on “Get out of your comfort zone”

  1. I loved this story of the wasp. I could actually picture it doing the same thing over and over and expecting to get out. From now on when I find myself doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result I will think of the wasps and do something different!! Thank you for sharing!

  2. I having been listening to the “claim your power now” cd’s over and over and over. My dads voice in my head “you gotta get stuck in a rutt” thats the only way to save know where your at’ I hear Bob Proctor say “Don’t do it if you hate, I hated my house my furniture,my clothes and I walked away from it all. I am living in my car (paid off) I feel free, and frightened when the sun goes down I frett. When the sun comes up I am joyful. I battle the para thing Bob talks about all day I argue and push it away. I help others I get busy, I write ,I cry, I look at all my failures and smile, 10 years ago I was living off of less than 500 a month. now I make over 30.000 a year. I a so happy most of the time. I know that somthing big is happening to me. I feel it like the sound of a train comming from far away and the sound is getting louder. I am having one hell of a ride right now. The fear almost consumes me at times, but I am breaking away quicker. I have never been one to ask for help, but I really need a break through here. I feel like I have my hands on it, but somthing is there. I just can’t figure it out.

  3. I forgot to say I love the wasp story. Thats where I am right now. between the fear and freedom.

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