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Fear or Habit?

Article Posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, July 11th, 2011


Boston was a place I’d always wanted to visit, so I was surprised that I almost turned down the chance to go there. But when given the opportunity, I was not sure I was courageous enough to take the trip.

I am seriously directionally impaired, or as my family would say, I couldn’t find my way out of a paper bag. It has become a joke, but on that has altered the way I live my life.

Through the years my propensity to turn left when I should turn right has kept me close to home in the comfort zone of the Portland/Metro area. Unless of course I am with a travel buddy. In those cases I have found myself in an avionetta over the Sierra Madres and lost on the train in Yugoslavia without a ticket. But by myself, I am not so adventurous. Given the choice I will meet friends on my side of town, sign my kids up for camps on my side of the river and I NEVER leave home without the GPS tucked in the glove box just in case. My comfort zone has shaped my habits and my lifestyle. So when faced to the thought of wandering around Boston, a strange city on my own I felt my fear kick in. It made me sweat. But still I wanted to go so badly.

I bought the ticket then came up with 49 reasons why I could not go. In the long run, I love a challenge. And for me this was a big one, so I went. And for two days I wandered aimlessly, got lost more times than I can count and had the time of my life. The world did not stop spinning, no one got hurt, and I came out of it with a confidence boost I would have never imagined.

Studies show that when you try something new your brain creates new neuropath ways, in other words, you can grow your brain. This helps you feel better and make smarter and healthier choices for yourself.

If you are ready to shake off a fear or habit that is keeping you in a lifestyle rut, here are a few tips:

  • Ask yourself, is this truly a fear or just a bad habit that keeps me from putting myself out of my comfort zone?

  • Face your habit head on. Recognize it is holding you back and commit to changing it.

  • Do something different. Anything. Take a walk after dinner instead of hitting the freezer for ice cream. Go somewhere new without the GPS or get your nails done instead of smoking a cigarette.

Fear or habit? Either way try dealing with it and watch what happens. You may just find yourself shoe shopping in Boston’s North End with nothing but a well used map to guide the way.


Article by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
Ph: 503 621 7549
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