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Kill Your Comfort Zone

A short lecture on getting out of your comfort zone. Referencing Seth Godin and Christ in Matthew chapter 6.
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Cory Kerr

on 9 November 2014

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Transcript of Kill Your Comfort Zone

Kill Your Comfort Zone
Consider the Lilies
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Do Something
"Most people don't believe that they are capable of initiative... initiating something particularly when you're not putatively in charge. We avoid these acts because we've been trained to avoid them…
Why Leave the Comfort Zone?
"For it must needs be, that there is an
opposition
in all things. If not so...
righteousness
could not be brought to pass, neither
wickedness
, neither
holiness
nor
misery
, neither
good
nor
bad
... having no
life
neither
death
, nor
corruption
nor
incorruption
,
happiness
nor
misery
, neither
sense
nor
insensibility
... this thing must needs
destroy the wisdom of God
..."
- Lehi
Comfort Zone
Competent people enjoy being competent. Once you're good at something, changing what you do or moving to a new way of doing it, will be stressful, because it will make you, momentarily, incompetent.
What Now?
Don't wait for the king to grant you permission
I think it has to do with
believing
that it's possible and acceptable for you to do it. … most people have been
brainwashed
into believing that their job is to copy-edit the world, not to
design it.

I don't think the shortage of artists has much to do with the innate ability to create or initiate.
Art is threatening, because it always involves moving away from the comfort zone into the unknown. The unknown is the black void. The place where failure can happen. and so can success.
Our instinct then, particularly if we are successful at one thing, is to avoid the unknown. To stay in the comfort zone. and ignore the fact that the safety zone has moved.
Comfort Zone
Safety Zone
Death
Starvation
Wild Animals
Beheaded by the King
Survival
Comfort
Dismemberment
Comfort Zone
Safety Zone
Death
Starvation
Wild Animals
Beheaded by the King
Dismemberment
Being Vulnerable
Being Uncomfortable
Looking Foolish
The Unknown
The Unknown
Looking Foolish
Being Uncomfortable
Being Vulnerable
Failure
Success
Knowledge & skills you don't possess yet
Risk
Reward
Comfort
More of the Same
What you already Know
No Risk
Mediocrity
Authority
You
The Lie of "Being Picked"
(not you)
(no authority)
Old and Busted
New Hotness
Sit down, be quiet and do what you're told
By the Power of Greyskull...
Success
vs
Failure
Making Connections
vs
Living Alone
Artist
vs
Automaton
Hero
vs
Fool
Risk
vs
Security
Unknown
vs
Known
- Seth Godin
Take therefore
no thought for the morrow
: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.
Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof
.
(get out of your comfort zone)
"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?"
(don't worry about things you can't control)
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
(Get out of your comfort zone)
(don't worry about it, the world will provide the resistance)
Consider:
Lilies can't control the Sun, Rain or Soil.
This doesn't mean that they are inactive.
They grow pedals, leaves and roots.
Their pedals and leaves are constantly searching for the sun and follow it through the sky.
They grow a root system that draws nutrients from their surroundings.
They grow roots in preparation to take advantage of the rain when it falls
What are your roots, leaves and pedals?
What is your sun, rain and soil?
Don't just do your work. Do your work and then do your art.
Rebel against the tyranny of mediocrity
You have the authority
Leaving your comfort zone will no longer kill you
You've been fed a lie
You've been fed a lie
"
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