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My son was caught high up in a tree today. I mean really caught. Up HIGH. He didn’t plan for this. In fact, he let the allure of the tree cloud his judgment, so he kept climbing and climbing, higher and higher. He was so enamored that he forgot something pretty important: he’s afraid of heights. Guess who had to go and rescue him? You guessed it. And, guess who else is afraid of heights? Yup, you’re batting 1,000 today. I’m scared to death of heights. To live your best life, you’ve got to get out of your comfort zone. And, one of the surest ways to do that is to help someone who’s out of theirs.

Life happens to us – not the life we planned, but the life that simply . . . happens. Lots of people are afraid, and find themselves in situations they never dreamed of. They need to be rescued – by other people who are similarly afraid, inexperienced and not quite sure what to do. You know what I’ve found that I bet resonates with you? We never get out of our comfort zones when we focus on ourselves. I’d have never climbed the imposing tree my son was in – until I realized he was in trouble.

Trouble has a way of stretching, maturing and strengthening us – unless, of course, we avoid it at all costs. That’s no way to live your best life.Adversity, not comfort and convenience, is the way we really grow. It’s time to live your best life. Not tomorrow, but right now. Get out of your comfort zone. Until you do, you’re wasting more than your time. You’re wasting your life.

Have you been protecting yourself from the very things that could take your life to the next level? What can you do to get out of your comfort zone, help someone, and grow?

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Michael Anthony, CourageMatters.comA Call For Courage, Michael Anthony I'm a husband, father, inspirational speaker, podcaster, blogger, and Lead Pastor of Genesis Church, in York, Pennsylvania, where I live among farm animals and snack foods. I'm the author of A Call for Courage: Living With Power, Truth and Love In An Age of Intolerance and Fear (Thomas Nelson Publishers), and the soon to be released Courageous Life™ Motivational Planner. Both are available wherever books are sold. Send speaking, interview, and guest appearance inquiries to info@couragematters.com. , or click here and do your thing. For keynote speaking, interview and guest appearance inquiries, contact info@couragematters.com.
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