Break through your comfort zones to reach “greener pastures”.

Posted on: June 3, 2013

If you’ve read my blogs or heard me speak, you know that I love nature and ranch life. It is so fascinating because it is full of anecdotal truths that apply to everyday life.

In one of my blogs, I wrote about Ferdinand, the bull on our Colorado ranch (see picture). He weighs well over 1,300 pounds and demonstrates his strength by bending most metal corral gates when we have had to contain him. But it is always fascinating to watch him come to a gate held by a very small chain that separates him from another pasture. He has never tested the strength of the chain although it would require very little effort for him to go through it. He is psychologically held within the comfort of the existing pasture, therefore also constrained physically by a simple little chain. Of course you know where I am going with this blog. But let me give you another ranch story while you ponder what might keep you bound to the comfort zones of life while much of the opportunity to fulfill your dreams and most likely your life purpose lies beyond.

This year at the ranch, we decided we would develop agricultural greens to help start our yearling grass- fed cattle beyond just natural grasses. Obviously, we needed a fenced area to protect the newly planted area from being uprooted by grazing young steers. Finally, the day came to open the gates. The planting was ready for grazing and the fresh greens were thick and dark green, and even looked appetizing to me. I love dark greens and rich-colored vegetables and I could only imagine how much these yearlings would enjoy this pasture, especially coming out of a long, cold winter and spring.

I opened the gates and walked away to observe the stampede for the greens. To my amazement, they walked by the open gates down to the creek, crossing it to a pasture they go to every day at that time. Quite frankly I was shocked, but decided to observe them and see how long it would take them to enter this lush pasture where they had never been. Later that day, I watched them again cross the creek, walk by the open gates, and slowly head toward a higher elevation where they spend the afternoons in the breezes.

I would like you to ponder and identify the habits, comforts and conveniences that make up your normal behavior but that may also be holding you back from your dreams. Something else to identify is your dreams and what you need to fulfill them. Sometimes it may be as simple as applying the law of awareness: somewhere around you is someone or something to help you fulfill your life purpose and dreams. I do believe that if we can dream it for our lives, there is a source to help us fulfill it.

We should never let discomfort, painful, embarrassing experiences or feelings of inadequacy become the chains that keep us locked out of our greener pastures, or become so distracted by those experiences that we are locked out. And certainly all of us struggle with leaving the comfort zones of life to walk through open gates to greener pastures.

Did those yearlings ever walk through the gates? Yes, they eventually did and as you might guess, they were not leaving anytime soon. Whether standing grazing or lying down chewing their cud, they were enjoying the new experience. Have you ever broken through a barrier in life or achieved a goal that seemed so challenging only to later wonder why you did not attempt to achieve it sooner?

There are new opportunities for you to enjoy! There are new goals for you to set and achieve! The gates are open!

I would like to invite each of you to join me at TriVita’s annual Galaxy of Stars event and let’s break through together to new achievements as Wellness Entrepreneurs. Let’s make the world a better place by offering greater wellness to all!

5 Responses to "Break through your comfort zones to reach “greener pastures”."

How can one really know they are in a comfort zone that preventing them from moving ahead? It seem that all my life I have been doing something for others that whatever I want to do or be can not be obtained at that time. I have not really completeted anything I am happy with for one reason or another. Now, I may be too old to reach a goal. The fact is, now I do not know what dream or goal I would like to reach for myself now. I have so much responsibilities to others, I can’t plan for myself. Right now, what can I say that you can help me with? I am over weight, yes. Have general aches and pains here and there. I go to church, ( I like that) I travel to the south every year a couple of times. Have a husband that I am separated from, but still talk to now and then.( no real communication,however.) I could go on and on. I am happy,,but would like todo better. I am a mother of 6, grandmother and great grandmother. There is so much I could say, but, will it do any good, I still may not be able to define my dreams. I don’t know. Thanks for allowing me to open up.

Michael, over the past 25 years in Direct sales industry I had to move from the statement “I Did” to “WE will” what a Blessing its been to Bust through the “Gates of Opportunity” and Harness the the freedom we have in our Company. Thanks for your Words of Hope and Lasting opportunities………. Steve and Susan Baran

Thank you for this powerful and inspirational blog that was filled with such amazing truth it compelled me to read it more than once.
Andee (ITBO)

Hi Michael,

Carisa and I are looking forward to the Galaxy of Stars conference in July!

We have seen the benefits of leaving our comfort zone in building our TriVita wellness business. The new WE Power System is going to be awesome, along with many other things that we will all experience at the conference.

Mike Riedmiller

Your analogy is so very interesting Michael, as are all your blogs.
Strange you should talk about the law of awareness; it kicked in big time
this week with a young woman with Lyme Disease. I didn’t know her but
for some reason “googled” a local newspaper in a different community.
I had not reason to do this but was guided to. The first article I read was
about a woman with Lyme Disease and an upcoming meeting. I decided to
attend but tried to get in touch with this woman. Her phone number was
disconnected, so determined I went to the meeting anyway. I met her to
find she had moved a few blocks away in my community. There were so
many “coincidences” and the awareness became so powerful it would have
taken wild horses, or Ferdinand, to keep me from meeting and helping her.
Lyme Disease kept “coming up” everywhere…the awareness.

We need to pay attention and people will come into our lives when they
are meant to.

We are on a mission and need to do something about our mutually failing
“health care” systems.
Thank you Michael and Susan for all you do, every day!

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