It’s killing you slowly. And it’s often untraceable.
It’s your comfort zone — and stepping outside of it is key to discovering your passion, accomplishing your goals, and finding happiness.
But it’s not so bad, right? I mean, you’re comfortable, so you must be happy?
If only it worked out that way. Unfortunately, the longer you stay within your comfort zone, the less happy you tend to be.
But that's not to say that being in your comfort zone is necessarily a bad thing all the time. Feeling safe and unchallenged at times can be beneficial. Need to unwind? Sure. Need some simple“me”time occasionally? Go for it. Not ready to pitch that amazing idea to your boss? Take some time to relax in the safety of your comfort zone.
But red flags should pop up when you choose to live in your comfort zone instead of visiting it to re-energize yourself. The keyword being VISIT.
Staying in your comfort zone can create a life plateau that begins to kill your ambitions and individual growth. Traveling along that plateau, you will eventually end at a cliff where you take the ultimate plunge of giving up your personal goals.
Your dreams are now. Do not be scared to go after them. You must crawl out of the rut of complacency and live your life to the fullest.
When you stop experiencing personal growth, it is a good sign that being content is impeding the development of yourself as a complete person. You have been waiting your turn. Now is the time to take it and be adventurous. Discover what you are capable of in your lifetime. The experiences you have in your journey through life create your identity. They are what define you. You need to leave your comfort zone to continue growing. And just remember, you do not have to stay outside your comfort zone. You can visit it anytime.
Staying in your comfort zone is easier than failure. Therefore, trying new things has left your realm of comfort and safety. It is when you try new things that you find the excitement of life. Learn new things. Meet new people. When you invite the unfamiliar into your world, you can be your best self you are capable of being.
Do not fall off the complacency cliff! You have been in your comfort zone so long that you believe you no longer deserve to fly high and reach for your goals. You do not have to settle. Trust yourself. Create your own safety outside your comfort zone and celebrate small victories. Make smart and healthy choices to keep yourself climbing to the top. It is ok to take breaks along the way. You do not have to accomplish everything, and you may find that your goals change as you gain more experience.
Maybe you were once an ambitious person, but now you cannot see yourself doing anything beyond your normal routine. Maybe you are scared to disrupt an already good thing. This is a sign that your comfort zone has taken over your life. Break out of it to gain confidence. You deserve to believe in yourself.
Being afraid to fail is common. But, you can look at failing as a chance to learn from your mistakes. Keep trying. Keep in mind that the uncomfortable feeling of failure is not permanent. And, if you are experiencing that feeling, good for you. It shows you at least tried. Keep trying so you can also feel the emotional relief of succeeding after you tried so hard.
Remember, your comfort zone is a wonderful place to visit. But the time you spend living outside your comfort zone will define you as a person. Make yourself happy and take those chances to shine.
Try these 3 basic steps for developing the strength to step outside of your comfort zone –habitually:
Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be built up like a muscle – the more you do it, the easier it becomes (becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable).
Keep taking these small steps and, with time, you’ll make stepping outside of your comfort zone a habit. This is the goal.
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