The Growth Zone

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I have been thinking a lot lately about the growth zone and how each individual can progress, improve, and be better in a variety of different aspects of their life once they reach that growth zone.

I think most every human being has goals, dreams, hopes, and wishes, of who they want to be, where they want to be, and what they want to achieve. I know I definitely do. I think about future plans that I have, career goals, and what life is even going to be like after I get out of college (which seems like it will never end most days).  But as I have been thinking about all my goals and dreams a quote keeps coming back into my mind that I think is incredibly important to all those who want to achieve their goals and become better people, progressing in a positive way. The quote says,

“There is no growth in the comfort zone, and no comfort in the growth zone.” 

It’s called the growth zone for a reason.  It’s the best place to grow in ALL aspects of life.  I’ve learned that you can’t ever grow.  You can’t ever learn. You can’t ever progress, change, and help other people do the same if you don’t step out of that comfortable little place and be determined to change.  It’s hard, its UNcomfortable, but the times that I have done it in my life I have never ever regretting it.

Some tips I’ve received to help me get out of the comfort zone.

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Do everyday things differently:

While living in Washington D.C. this last fall (which in and of itself was VERY much out of my comfort zone), my roommate and I decided to really try and push ourselves to always be doing the little things differently.  I still remember when we would do something as simple as take a different walking route home from work just because it got us out of our daily routine.  This changed my mindset of “this is just the way things are” and allowed me to view the world literally in different ways. I saw the beauty of a city and met even more beautiful people as we changed things up. é

I attribute these little actions to a change in my attitude about larger changes that are now currently happening it my life.  Changing the little things up and doing them differently has now made it easier to face and EMBRACE the unknown changes that lie in my future.

Take your time making decisions and then stick with it:

I have definitely learned this valuable lesson from my fiancé.  He is thoughtful while decision making. Making wise decisions are important to him because once he commits to something he is determined to see it through. I asked him once about this and he said, “The only way I’m going to become a better person, is to challenge myself and show other people that I’m determined to make sacrifices to push myself and improve.”

I’ve realized not many people are like my fiancé.  I’ve definitely fallen into a trap of being flaky on someone just because I don’t want to or it takes too much effort. Since meeting him though I’ve really tried to be committed and push myself to help others and step out of that comfort zone I’m usually in.

Do it in small steps:

I 100% believe that it take a lot of courage sometimes to break out of your comfort zone.  Don’t be afraid to start slow.  Identify our fears, and then face them step by step.  You get the same results whether you go in with both feet as you do if you start out slow and steady.

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The Daily Things that I’m Experiencing

“The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” –Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address – November 19, 1863

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Valley Forge – Revolutionary War

The above quote really touched me today as I was able to visit the battle ground of one of the biggest and bloodiest battles of the Civil War.  Abraham Lincoln gave this famous speech in Gettysburg just months after thousands gave their lives to uphold the Founding Fathers’ vision, which established a nation that was dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.  They were fighting for the rights of all men to be equal, to be free, and to be happy. Gettysburg was beautiful, and although it rained all day, the leaves were changing and it was an incredible place to see where people sacrificed so much.

Over the weeks that I have been out in Washington D.C, I have thought a lot about those freedoms that the Constitution of the United States allows us to have and exercise every single day.  I have been able to see these rights in actions, and see how blessed we are as citizens of the United States, because many people are still fighting for these basic human rights and liberties all around the world.  In the various locations I have visited there have been countless people who gave their lives and sacrificed so much to defend and protect our freedoms.  It has been humbling to stand where President Lincoln stood when he gave this address, to see the grave sites in Gettysburg and in Arlington National Cemetery, to see the battle grounds in Valley Forge, pieces of the Berlin Wall in a museum, and to stand in the rooms of great importance in the United States Capitol, White House, and Independence Hall – where the Constitution was signed so many years ago.

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Pieces of the Berlin Wall – Newseum, Washington DC

 

Just like Abraham Lincoln said, I hope I never forget these sacrifices that were made and that I can continue to learn about those sacrifices and those sacrifices that are still happening today. The little experiences I am having here are impacting my life in small but changing ways. My mind is constantly being pushed to think in new ways, and I am challenged call the time. Ultimately,  I’m just very grateful to be here and can’t wait to see what the next weeks bring.

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Tour of the White House with my roommate Alexa

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Washington DC Temple
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Philadelphia Temple
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Tunnels under the Capitol Building 

The “THINGS” that changed history

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Hello from Washington, D.C. I have officially been here for a week and am already in love with this beautiful and historic city.

My parents and brothers were awesome and woke up at 5a.m. to take me to the airport last Thursday.  Thankfully there was another BYU student on my flight and we were able to travel together all day.  I was in awe the moment I stepped foot off the plane.

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On my 2nd day in Washington, we decided to walk the entire Mall. We ended our night at the Lincoln Memorial. Everyone with me was making fun of me for how excited I was to walk these well-known marble steps.  The best word to describe how I was feeling was bliss and a little bit giddy.  I love Abraham Lincoln.  I admire his service, his courage, and his respect for God and all the men around him.  I love reading about him and studying his words and actions.  A man I spoke to earlier this summer explain his experience in DC and at the Lincoln Memorial as a spiritual experience, one of tranquility and peace.  I can second that statement because this is exactly what I felt.  It was spiritual and it was a perfect way to start my semester here!  With the sunset hitting the monuments perfectly.

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I literally could just walk the street that surround me.  I live about a mile from everything important in Washington.  The architecture is fascinated to me.  Each building is unique.  Old buildings from the early 1800’s are squeezed in between modern and sleek buildings recently constructed. I am also a pro already at riding the bus and taking the metro, just if you wanted to know.

This Tuesday I started my internship.  I get to work right next to the Capitol Building and go inside on a daily basis.  It is incredible and has some really rich history, which I’m currently trying to memorize so I can give tours.  Fun fact, the rotunda or dome on top of the Capitol weighs 9.8 million pounds.

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I’ve been to a Nationals baseball game, visited the 9/11 memorial at the Pentagon (It was beautiful and really neat), watched a concert on the Capitol lawn for Labor day, and eaten a good variety of amazing (and pricey) food.  Things are good here. I am happy and just grateful to be able to live in this city and experience all it has to offer.  Hope y’all enjoy the pictures.  Here are some of my favorites.

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The IMPORTANT things

There is a quote that I love and it says,

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize that they are the big things.”

  Looking back at my life I have been able to see countless times where someone I love dearly has served me in a simple way, where a kind word has meant the world to me and changed my attitude, or a new friendship has evolved into a life changing friend.  Honestly, this list could go on and on.  That is why I have decided to start this blog.  To share the little things in my life that have changed into BIG things.  To share the little things that might be small but touching to me in the moment, that one day I might be able to look back and see that they have become the BIG and IMPORTANT things. Plus, I’m going to be living in Washington D.C. for the next three months and can not wait to share all the little moments that I’m sure will literally change my perspective about life.

For my first post I only saw it fitting to share the MOST IMPORTANT things to me in my life.  They absolutely mean the world to me and each day I am reminded how incredibly blessed I am and how the Lord really is working miracles every single day in my life.Instasize_0711221658

My Family: Aren’t they a good looking group?! I adore all of them. To put it simply20160710_121436 – I love them.  We are all different (can’t you tell by our height? Dumb taller little brothers) but my life wouldn’t be the same without their support and guidance they give me.  Plus, we tease each other and laugh all the time.  Recently a lot has been going in the Cable home.

Alyssa, my younger sister, is serving a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Edmonton, Canada.  Through her I feel like I’m getting a little bit of my own mission back.  She inspires me as she is giving her time and her talents to the Lord and
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Katie and Jeff just made my parents – GRANDPARENTS! I am an AUNT! James fills our life with so much happiness and I’m not bias or anything but he is one of the cutest babies I know.  EveInstasize_0710225759n if he did look like a little alien when he was born.  He is already laughing and sitting up on his own. I hope you all get to meet him one day as I am excited each time I get to see him.

At the end of one of my journal entries back in May I wrote, “Life really is good right now.  I am happy and I feel very blessed.  I have a lot to work on and many things to improve on but I have faith in my Savior and know that as long as I am doing my best He will guide me and give me strength.”

I know it is because my family is the center of my life – life really is so good. They bless me in innumerable ways and most importantly they have taught me how to grow my faith in the Savior and understand how He guides my life each day.  With them no matter how hard life gets and will get I can still find that happiness and enjoy the LITTLE THINGS that MATTER MOST.