Beware of comfort zone: 3 Reasons it’s Killing You
Comfort zone! Some people may wonder what exactly it is! This is a place where destinies and life’s purposes are wasted.
It is a place where people settle for less and bid their greatness farewell. It is a burial ground for fulfillment, success and breakthrough.
Comfort zone is a place of unproductive pleasure and enjoyment.
If you are satisfied with your present situation, location, breakthrough, success, greatness, accomplishment etc, then, it means you are already in your comfort zone.
I think it is better you take step and move ahead before it is too late. It is a dangerous thing to rest when you are yet to reach your final destination.
SIGNS OF COMFORT ZONE
- Failure to improve on knowledge and skills that can enhance your career/profession
- Refusal to continue your education or improve on the existing knowledge despite every opportunity to do so
- Lack of initiative and idea required to rebrand and expand your business for more profits
- Failure to make more efforts as a result of past past failures and discouragement
- Lack of self-discovery, which is the foundation for lack of purpose discovery
- Failure to take risk is as good as risking everything. Such is a sign of comfort zone.
No matter what you have achieved in life, there are still more new opportunities, new grounds, undiscovered treasures, new heights, etc. waiting to be explored.
Reasons Your Comfort Zone is Killing You
One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.
1. It’s keeping you from growth
In life, you’re either growing or dying. That might seem a bit exaggerated — and it is — but it’s not meant to be taken literally.
The primary ingredient for a happy life very well may be progress, as recent positive psychology studies have pointed towards. Shawn Achor, positive psychologist and author of The Happiness Advantage, refers to happiness as “the joy you feel moving towards your potential.”
That’s the key word here: moving. Growth is about progress. Progress is about movement. And movement is about stepping outside yourself.
So long as you’re sitting within your, comfort zone, you’re not growing because you’re not moving. Growing is about becoming more than we are now, and the only way you’ll ever be able to become more than you are is by experiencing what is outside of you. This requires you to step outside of your comfort zone.
2. It’s keeping you from trying new things
Perhaps the most important effort of our life is to discover what we have a passion for, and to devote ourselves to the mastery of it. We do this both for the good of ourselves and to make a positive difference in the world.
Some of us, the lucky ones, discover what we’re passionate about early on in life. We know in our heart we’ve found what we love and can dedicate the rest of our life to the mastery of it – and enjoying every minute of it.
However, if you’re anything like me, you spent the first 20-30 years of your life experimenting and having little but a vague idea of what that thing might be. For most of us, it takes time to discover what we love and have a passion for. This is perfectly okay and natural. That is, so long as you’re trying new things and actively discovering what you like and don’t like.
The problem is, so long as you’re within your comfort zone, you’ll rarely if ever try new things (and often only if you’re forced into it).
This stops the discovery process altogether and keeps you from finding what you have a passion for. And this keeps you from being truly happy.
3. It’s conditioning you to settle
If you continue to live within your comfort zone until later in life, something else happens that seeks to threaten your growth and happiness….
At some point in life, if this discovery hasn’t yet found its way to you, we grow tired and settle for what we have. This is perhaps the worst fate of all. Because while you’re technically still alive, you go on to live as if you were dead, settling into a life which doesn’t truly make you happy and never taking any chances.
Worse, at this point in your life, when you are posed with an opportunity, you’ll begin to pull back (often unconsciously) for fear of losing access to your bubble of comfort. Martin Luther King, Jr. put it perfectly:
“You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid….
Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you’re just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.”
How to Beat Your Comfort Zone
Despite the power that your comfort zone holds over you, with the right effort and some patience, it’s quite easy to develop the habit to step outside of it. You just need to know the right way to do it.
When I was younger, I had this old pair of shoes I’d wear from time to time. They were completely tattered, with one of my big toes occasionally sticking out, and wearing them attracted the inevitable glances and funny looks. But I didn’t do it as a fashion statement. I did it because it made me feel uncomfortable. The more I wore them, the more I got comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Why is this important?
The trick to beating your comfort zone, to making it a habit of stepping outside of yourself and growing consistently, is to lower your resistance to doing the task.
When an opportunity presents itself, it’s fear that holds us back. That’s what we’re facing when we come up against our comfort zone.
However, if you do the first small step, you’re more likely to then take the next step – even if it’s something bigger. This is what I mean by lowering your resistance to taking action.
The cool thing is, you don’t even need to do anything associated with the task. It just has to be something small that gets you revved up. As long as you’re stepping outside of your comfort zone, you’re building up confidence. That’s all that matters.
By continuing to step outside of your comfort zone you build the confidence to go after your goals with vigor and not let anything hold you back.
ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT:
Comfort Zone swallows glory and hinders destiny fulfillment. There are better opportunities ahead of you. If you’re not where you want to be in your life, its probably because you’re stuck inside of your own comfort zone. Take steps today and get out of your comfort zone.