“Because of a great love, one is courageous.”
– Lao Tzu, founder of Taoism
Unfortunately, the overuse of this concept means it sometimes sounds a bit trite, and it often gets overlooked or neglected due to its familiarity.
The quote above by Lao Tzu points to a primary reason why we decide to be courageous and stretch beyond our current state.
Examine the relationship of love and commitment as a source of courage in your professional and personal life. Notice where this courage mobilizes you to take the necessary risk to move outside your current self-imposed limitations.
For extra credit, consider emailing me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with some phrase you have heard, or used, as an alternative to “operating outside your comfort zone.”
For instance, I often use the question, “Where does your commitment supersede your comfort?”