Mel Schwartz, LCSW

#053: Break Free From Your Familiar Zone

Presenting episode 53 of the Possibility Podcast with Mel Schwartz, in which your host discusses what he calls the Familiar Zone… including defining the Familiar Zone, the reasons we find ourselves trapped in it, and why it’s so important we push past its borders every chance we get.

In this episode:

  • Why your Familiar Zone is different from your “comfort zone”
  • How we acclimate to what’s familiar to us even when the familiar is uncomfortable or toxic
  • The difference between positive familiar zones and those that make us unhappy
  • How our beliefs, thoughts, and feelings can guide us to establish familiar zones
  • The element in our lives that keeps us stuck in an unpleasant groove
  • The paradoxically positive benefits to embracing discomfort
  • Why we steer clear of adventure and excitement
  • How the Familiar Zone is the territory of old, “safe” thoughts
  • Why we must embrace discomfort if we want to change

Mel recommends referring to his book The Possibility Principle, the companion to this podcast, for many ways to break free of the Familiar Zone.

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Are you ready to embrace uncomfortable change in order to break free of the Familiar Zone? Tell Mel about it in the comments!

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Janis Abrams

First time listening to your podcast and so synchronistic for what I am going through. I definitely want to know more, because I feel so stuck in the familiar zone! Thank you.

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