Why it is important to find your comfort zone and leave before it gets too comfortable

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The best way to grow is by stepping out of your comfort zone.

The moment the door opened, I realized that I couldn’t see anything inside.  The room was completely dark, yet it was mid-day and the sun was shining bright outside.  “Let me switch on the lights, my house does not have natural lighting, so I always have the lights on day and night, and this costs me so much money,” Winnie said, as we walked into her house.  By the time she found the switch and turned on the lights, subconsciously, I had blinked my eyes twice or thrice—very tightly squeezing the eyeballs, with the intention of regaining a 20/20 vision to be able to see in the dark.  So I thought.  “I hate this house!” Winnie said, as the lights turned on.

It was my first time to visit Winnie at her place, and apart from there being no natural lighting, it was a small well-furnished and beautiful apartment.  As we chatted over lunch, I asked her why she did not move to another apartment if she really hated the place.  “I am very busy and I don’t have time to start looking for a new apartment, and why would I want to pay more rent than I am paying now?” Winnie said, but we both knew that she was just making excuses.  She was in a comfort zone, and I could resonate with her.

Comfort zone is a good place, the only problem is that nothing new or progressive comes out of it. It is where you feel safe and at ease, as you tend to use minimum effort to get by—for as long as things are moving smoothly.

Two things are likely to happen when you are in a comfort zone.  One, you may get to a point of being uncomfortable with the status quo, compelling you to make a stern decision to raise above living a mediocre life and attain your goals in career, health, finances, relationships, etc.  Two, you may get to a point of accepting things are they are, knowing that you deserve better—but so what.  One choice will make you happy and full of vitality to face life, while the other may turn you into a resentful person because you realize that you have short-changed yourself.

Having said this, what are some of the steps of getting out of your comfort zone?

  1. Do a reality check on yourself, by acknowledging the discomfort and inconveniences you are currently experiencing in your comfort zone.
  2. Identify the fears that are stopping you from taking action to improve your life, and list them down.
  3. Once the list is done, start doing things differently by taking small steps, rather than big leaps. After some time, you will be amazed at how what you once feared doing becomes part of your new life.
  4. Get support from trusted people in your network, so that you can stay focused and remain true to yourself.

When you get out of your comfort zone you become more productive, you develop the flexibility to deal with new and unexpected changes, and you become creative in seeking new ideas and experiences.  So, if you are feeling uncomfortable or uneasy with the way things are in your life—why don’t you begin the journey today of getting out of your comfort zone, into the bravery zone, and finally into the triumph zone?  Good luck.

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