Everything is familiar here. Every smell, move, step... Everything looks comfortable. We know the thoughts and feelings that prevail in that zone. We know that lifestyle, which exists here. We love to live in our Comfortland.
Do YOU need to step out of your comfort zone?
Why should YOU do it if it’s comfortable for you there?
How can YOU step out of your comfort zone if it is necessary?
WHAT is the meaning of comfort zone?
A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there, except laziness, anxiety and fears. Imagine something you do every day or all the time, like brushing your teeth, watching TV, reading news or cooking breakfast. Daily activities that you’re used to won’t make you feel uneasy, uncomfortable or anxious. Why? They belong to your comfort zone. For us, familiarity is not just comfortable but seems to be safe. That’s why we are more prone not to move out of our comfort zone.
Now imagine, you need to stop smoking or eat less chocolate or change your lifestyle. How do you feel about it? Not quite at ease, right?
WHY do YOU need to step out of your comfort zone?
“Move out of your comfort zone. You can grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new”. –Brian Tracy
While reading this quote, I asked myself: What did I do that was not comfortable but helped me grow? There were many of them, but at that moment my childhood experience occurred to my mind! I wanted to learn to ride a bike. I was approximately 5 years old and I had that burning desire to do it. Was it easy? No! Was it challenging? Yes! I hurt my knees many times and fell down several times. It was far from perfect. That wasn’t not that comfortable at all! Even so, I stood up and tried again and again and again. So I learned. I did it. I still have a scar on my knee, which will always remind me of my small achievement in life. I’m sure everyone has his story and you are not the exception!
You also have a challenging experience, which helped you grow, don’t you? Do you think you could ever do it inside your comfort zone?
Let me give you 4 good reasons why you need to LEAVE your comfort zone:
#1 You will develop!
The desire to succeed mixed with some anxiety and flavored self-doubt can lead to personal development. Surprisingly, even a fear can drive you to your dream destination. All you need to do is to face it.
#2 You will expand the boundaries of your comfort zone!
Yes, it is true! For example, if your comfort zone is rather small, in other words, the amount of things you can do feeling comfortable are few. That’s an indicator that you need to get out of your Comfortland or at least, expand the boundaries of your Comfort Zone. Otherwise, you will miss out a lot of the entertainment and excitement. Life has to offer lots of fun! Get out of your comfort zone more often and you’ll enlarge the amount of things you’re comfortable with.
#3 A comfort zone is not that comfortable!
The paradox of comfort zone is the following: people don’t feel comfortable in their own comfort zones! They feel bored, anxious, depressed or insecure. Do you also feel like that sometimes? That’s a sign! Definitely, you need to step out of your comfort zone.
# 4 It will help you find the best motivation you ever searched for!
Do you know why most of the people are afraid to get out of their comfort zone? Because it is uncomfortable!
Daniel H. Pink states in his provocative, but pervasive book “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” that people are looking for so-called productive discomfort.
“If you’re too comfortable, you’re not productive. And if you’re too uncomfortable, you’re not productive.”
In my opinion, that is all about finding a so-called happy medium.
You shouldn`t be too comfortable with the things you are doing. I don’t mean you need to start doing the things you don’t like at all. You don’t need to do the things just because you need to get out of your comfort zone. Of course, not! You should do the things, which help you grow and achieve your aim, make your dreams come true. To get there, you might need to develop or learn new skills, which require trying new things. By stepping out of your comfort zone, you will do that!
HOW to step out of the comfort zone?
Here 4 tips from my own experience:
1) Change your thoughts.
Turn your negative thoughts into reality-based, positive thoughts. Buddha said: Mind is everything. You are what you think! You become what you think!
2) Face your fears.
The only person, who prevents you from getting out of your comfort zone is YOU. Your fear is not real. Your fear lives in the thoughts of the future. The only person, who can help you to step out of your comfort zone is YOU.
3) Take your life into your own hands.
A bunch of lame excuses won't change your life for better. The best thing what you can do for you is to move out of your comfort zone.
4) Just do it.
A baby-step every day in the direction “Out of My Comfort Zone” will help you develop your personality and change your life for better.
To sum everything up, around 90% of the population live in their comfort zone. Thus, they have a mediocre life. Instead of doing something, they chose to complain and stay in their comfort zones.
I determined for myself that I don’t want to be among that people!
How did I do it? That`s not a secret. The first step was to decide to get out of my comfort zone. I did it!
Then I needed something that would remind me every day about it. And here I started to think…What might it be? What could help me not to forget about it?
The answer was: something inspirational and motivational! I chose for myself the wooden wall plaque with the quote: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” (Neale Donald Walsch).
Guess what happened? It worked! You also can do it! Nothing is lost for trying!
Success, wealth, certainty, fulfilment, prosperity, financial freedom – you can achieve and get anything you want. The sky is the limit, not your Comfort Zone!
Of course, it is up to you how far to push the boundaries of your Comfort Zone. Just be sure, that every decision you make determines your future.
Do you still want to make all your dreams come true?
Do you still want to achieve something meaningful in life?
Do you still want to become the person you want to be?
Then the best thing you can do for yourself is to step out of your Comfort Zone. Invest in your future! Are you ready for this TODAY?
What are you going to do today outside your comfort zone?