• Dr. Blake Banner

Leaving The Comfort Zone: Personal Evolution


March is my favorite month for a few reasons: it’s my birthday month, daylight savings time meaning longer days, AND it marks the beginning of Spring. As much as I enjoy the cozy vibes that Fall brings, Spring is really the season that has my heart. When I think of Spring I think of new beginnings, abundant joy, light and most importantly G R O W T H. I love the fact that as we go through the calendar year we experience seasonal transitions that serve as a metaphor for life changes. We have our bright times filled with warmth and happiness and we can also have those dull, cold periods. This just means we’re constantly EVOLVING – I wanted to write a blog about that personal evolution and the importance of being okay with getting out of the comfort zone in the name of growth. I’ve talked about embracing flow briefly in the Ultimate Survival Guide blog so it’s navigating rough waters is a topic I’m passionate about - But in this particular blog, I want to touch more on the aspect of growth and how it can be beneficial when you approach it with an open mindset.

Ev·o·lu·tion:

the gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form

synonyms: development, advancement, growth, progression, expansion

Whenever I look back at the times in my life when I made huge strides in personal development I noticed a trend, it always followed some ridiculously painful period of discomfort and feeling vulnerable while outside of my comfort zone. The moment when you want to give up and throw in the towel is the exact moment when you need to buckle up and put the pedal to the metal. Below are short sections breaking down the importance of moving forward, highlighting smoky quartz and how you can ease through transitions, check it out:

Importance of Moving Forward

  • Moving forward gives you the opportunity to open yourself up to new experiences, when you get stuck dwelling in the past you tend to follow the pattern of those same situations preventing you from trying something different

  • Your risk taking decreases significantly when you remain captured by the status quo, give yourself the chance to REALLY go for it - some of the best things come from taking (calculated) risks!

  • Circling back to growth and evolution, the biggest disservice you can do to your current and future self is resisting change. We are created to adapt and respond to our environment accordingly, this is what we were built to do. Step confidently into the unknown and see how it can transform you.

Smoky Quartz

  • Healing Properties of Smoky Quartz:

  • Relieves tension and stress

  • Reduces anxiety

  • Wards off negative thinking

  • Eliminates worry and doubt in tough situations

  • Being a stone that combats stress, worry and doubt makes smoky quartz a crystal I love to have close to me during meditation, on my person or just in my space. Smoky quartz is also known to enhance survival instincts and assists with achieving goals which is a winning combination when moving into uncharted territory and reaching new levels of personal development

Easing The Transition

  • I think this section can easily be covered by referring to the previous blog post The Ultimate Survival Guide

  • Highlights from that post for easing transition include: utilizing your support system, doing things you enjoy and being aware of your emotions

  • I enjoy reading books to help me through changes and transitions: Unf*ck Yourself by Gary John Bishop and Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer are two I really have enjoyed - completely different approach, explanation and writing styles but equally amazing

I'm a firm believer in following the lead of nature when it comes to certain things, evolution and change are two of them. I wouldn't be here writing this post if I didn't understand and experience what it means to really leave your comfort zone, embrace change and come out on the other side better than before. Now, I'm not saying it's going to be easy but I will say I'm sure it will be worth it. Give it a try and let me know how it goes for you!


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