What is a Comfort Zone?
Collins Dictionary defines it as: If a situation or activity is out of your comfort zone, it does not make you feel secure, comfortable, or in control.
It’s a safe place to stay inside, unlike going beyond the comfort zone. Nothing exciting happens, nothing much changes and pretty much everything is on an even keel. Sound familiar?
No new horizons to explore, no pushing the boundaries of existence. Does that sound a bit dull?
Don’t you feel the urge for change? That urge is there somewhere, otherwise you wouldn’t be looking for answers. I suspect there is a part of you, however small it is, that is getting the urge to break free. Or just to have something different in your life, maybe.
Do you go beyond the comfort zone?
A lot, a little, never?
A comfort zone can be a safe place to watch the world from but wouldn’t you rather step outside it and take part in life?
Whats that? You like where you are? Really? Then why are you here? Something has brought you here, maybe it’s the need to find something more than the safe life you have. It begins with a restlessness, discomfort, a need to see what’s out there.
Yes, the world can be scary but it is also amazing, wonderful, exciting and a good place to explore is a comfort zone?
Why leave the Comfort Zone?
Because there is a whole world out there to explore. Do you want to see the world or even parts of it for yourself? Wouldn’t it be amazing to actually see and touch things you have only seen through a screen or in a book? Wouldn’t you like to be free?
Eventually it can feel like ties that bind or chains that hold you in place.
Maybe that is a step too far. What about having new experiences, meeting new people, moving house or changing your job?
It’s very easy to become too complacent and comfortable in your Comfort Zone. But the outside world doesn’t stand still. It continually changes and eventually can end up disrupting that safe life you thought you had.
And think about it. Do you really want your life to be exactly the same in 2 or 5 years time as it is now?
What are the benefits of leaving your Comfort Zone?
Experiencing real life.
A bit of stress and anxiety are good for us, it helps us to grow as people. It’s not good for us to remain in a comfortable bubble. insulated against the world. If we do, when a time of change occurs, it can be hard to cope with.
New experiences are all part of growth too even though we are often afraid of failing. Obstacles and challenges raise those fears, but there is a greater sense of accomplishment when we succeed. Taking risks is really breaking through the barrier.
Challenges and obstacles are things we face and overcome, whereas taking a risk is stepping forward, away from the comfort zone and into the unknown.
Taking risks are growth experiences. Many people avoid these due to the chance for failure but failure is also a growth opportunity.
You come to understand that the only real failure is giving up, that each failure teaches you a way Not to do something.
You also come to realise that fail means ‘First attempt in learning.’
Change is good
Life is all about change, day to day change, week to week and even year to year. What am I waffling about? Change is good. It keeps us learning and growing and stops us from stagnating.
If there are no changes then you begin to exist rather than live. Is that really what you want? Even small chan
Pushing at the boundaries of that Comfort zone is clearly a good thing even if it’s only occasional.
Staying within that zone is existing, not living.
Stepping out will allow you to grow as a person, gain new skills and breakthrough even more boundaries. As you realise how much you can do and achieve, those boundaries will get pushed back even further. Life will take on new colour and meaning, becoming exhilarating at times as you start to really live your life as you are meant to. You will have your freedom back and be happy.