comfort zone

comfort zone

I’m sure you’ve heard tons about getting out of your comfort zone.

Heck, I’ve talked to people about this hundreds of times.  And, once they became more comfortable about getting out of the zone, they went on to become better at life, with a better attitude & movement toward career.

And, in some cases became great at their craft; working in a profession they loved!

But have you ever thought about why you should move away from your comfort zone?

After all, our comfort zone is where we feel in control and safe.

It’s where we can predict what will happen – and how we will feel.

There won’t be any surprises we can’t deal with.

Hogwash! Let’s do some changing for the better!

With that said, today I want to talk about how your comfort zone affects motivation and can keep you from pursuing your career.

3 Ways Your Comfort Zone Keeps You From Stepping Out – And Working in a Great Job You Enjoy

So, why would you feel compelled or even want to get out of your comfort zone?

You need to do it because getting out of your comfort zone is the key to your personal growth and happiness. Stepping out of that zone helps you build up your self-confidence and the way you view yourself.

Is remaining comfortable holding you back for living a fulfilled life and growing in our career?

The answer is yes.

Being in your comfort zone and staying there is keeping you from realizing and achieving what you desire.

Staying safely within your comfort zone keeps you from being challenged. And, you don’t have to rise to any new occasions.

Here are 3 ways staying in your comfort zone is holding you back.

ONE: You Don’t Grow Personally Staying in the “Zone”

Staying completely safe and comfortable keeps you from growing personally.

When you are afraid of something, staying in your comfort zone keeps you from facing that fear. Then, you suffer from it forever – or until you do finally face it.

You stay away from situations that could put you in a position of having to face the fear in order to overcome it.

For example, your fear of public speaking keeps you from taking a job that requires you to speak in front of others, even though it’s a step up on your career ladder.

In fact, the public speaking is the number one fear today – Death is number two.

Jerry Seinfeld once said:

If you’re at a funeral, you’d rather be in the casket than to deliver the eulogy.

Not far from the truth. 🙂

TWO: How Can You Be Happy in Your Comfort Zone?

Your comfort zone keeps you from being happy.

Maybe you struggle with self-confidence and self-esteem issues. These problems can grow unless you take steps outside your comfort zone to begin addressing them.

Stepping outside your comfort zone helps you…

  • build confidence in yourself,
  • overcome anxiety,
  • and see yourself in a better light.

When you are confident and have good self-esteem, you are happier.

For example, if you’re not confident in your abilities, you tend to stay in your comfort zone instead of trying something new.

This drags down your confidence. It causes you to feel less competent in front of your peers, and makes you unhappy.

THREE – Don’t Get Trapped in Your Comfort Zone!

Staying in your comfort zone can make you feel trapped and unhealthy.

Many times, our comfort zone keeps us doing bad habits out of fear. You might want to:

  • be more active,
  • run a marathon,
  • feel less aches and pains
  • or even become a public speaker (heaven forbid!).

Yes, to do any of these things means getting involved in something that is outside your comfort zone.

What Excuses Do You Make?

My final example, you want to improve your health and become fit.

The dream is real. You really want it. But, you procrastinate and make excuses as to why you can’t. A few excuses you use are…

  • You’re too out of shape to start now.
  • You don’t have time.
  • You’re too old.
  • Fill in your excuse here_____________________________.

Sadly, the real reason is because you are afraid to get out of your comfort zone and begin working out at the gym. Maybe you need to work with a personal trainer to get started. And, no matter what you’ve heard, they don’t bite! 🙂

As a matter of fact, most fitness trainers go out of their way to help you during a session.

So, don’t put your dreams on the back burner until eventually, your fear becomes a problem.

Once you start doing something toward your goal daily, this soon becomes your “comfort zone.” Then, you will become more and more creative; and less dependent upon others to reach your dream job, health goals, or even spiritual plans.

Now – What’s Next? How Do You Get Out of That Comfort Zone Syndrome?

My final thought is, many people are shy and sometimes anxious. But many times, what separates successful people from the unsuccessful ones is; they put themselves out there anyhow.

Sure, they might be hesitant at first, but once they overcome one fear, they soon learn that they’re actually reaching milestones and having fun!

comfort zone

“Don’t put your dream of becoming a model on the back burner until eventually, your fear becomes a problem.”

Truth is, success does not always come easy, but there’s no reason it should be a burden to you.

Start first with small steps; Make a move which is still fairly comfortable today.

Then, plan to step a little more outside your comfort area each week. You’ll begin to feel more and more comfortable.

Lastly, go for that “BIG” goal, if it’s your dream.

When we stay in our comfort zone, we hold ourselves back from living a life we love.

We keep ourselves from being happy – and from growing.

We end up letting our fears rule and settling for mediocrity.

Sean Cooper wrote an entire system for getting over shyness and social anxiety. You can find out more about his methods here.

Don’t let anxiety hold you back.

Go for your dream with all the passion you have. Better to be a has-been than a never-was. You can do it. I have confidence you can make it all work.

Just remember these seven words from Winston Churchill…

“Never give up; Never, never give up.”

Best of success to you. – Bob

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