A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there
Have you considered what your life will be like in ten years if you stay within your comfort zone?
We all know that comfort is easy, because we know what to expect.
If you knew you only had a short time to live, what would you do with it?
Would you do things that you were afraid to?
Why are people scared to get out of their comfort zone?
The fear of the unknown!
What is your comfort zone?
a situation where one feels safe or at ease.“the trip is an attempt to take the students out of their comfort zone”
a settled method of working that requires little effort and yields only barely acceptable results.“if you stay within your comfort zone you will never improve”
Comfort is easy. We fear uncertainty, loss, pain, and so we seek to cushion ourselves against the rawness of life by spending our lives in artificial, climate-controlled boxes safe from unwanted intrusion.
Powerful forces conspire to keep you in your comfort zone, penned by fear. The system wants you to be compliant, following the rules of the group, being an accepter rather than a creator. Fear of social judgment discourages you from trying anything with a risk of rejection or failure. Capitalism and consumerism encourage you to build a career by mastering a single money-making skill and devoting your life to it.
Through the two-part strategy of making the comfort zone comfortable and everywhere else uncomfortable, we are pressured to remain within our comfort zones: cozy, content, cloistered.
This is unfortunate. Personal discovery and personal development happen only outside your comfort zone.
Comfort zones foster an attitude of learned helplessness, making progress harder. Learning, creating, growing happen only when you step outside your fortress and venture into the wilderness.
- It will bring awareness to your comfort zone and your natural tendency to stay inside it.
- Change your frame of mind. Embrace constructive discomfort. Don’t take the safe, known path. Choose “challenge” over “comfort”, and set goals that force you to get out of your comfort zone. Learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.
“View your comfort zone not as a shelter but a prison”.
- Gradually expand the perimeter of your comfort zone. Lean into the discomfort.
- “Don’t sprint out of your comfort zone, take small but frequent steps. Push the walls out, don’t try to knock them down.” This statement is so true!
- Periodically check your progress to confirm that you’re going further out over time.
As your life continues to improve it will become easier to expand your comfort zone, because when you’re happy, optimistic and confident, you’ll be more inclined to take risks and live adventurously.
The Success website lists 52 ways to get out of your comfort zone
For me to get on social media was a big step, but I did it in small but frequent steps. By stepping out of my comfort zone, I have learnt so much and connected with many more people worldwide than I would have if I just stayed in what was comfortable for me!
There’s a whole new world out there on the other side of your comfort zone….and as a Baby Boomer, Im loving it!
Once you make the decision to review your life and renew yourself, you’ll find yourself in a world of positivity, new mentors and doing things you never thought you would!
- Connect with new people and expand your network
- Travel to a different place
- Learn new skills
- Change your mindset and open your mind to new ideas
- Start looking at opportunities to make money online
Check out Jeff Haden’s book TransForm - One Simple Step at a Time