—Let me just say that only this doggo is allowed to stay in his comfort zone. Just look at him.—
What? Comfort Zone?
According to Lifehacker, ” comfort zone is a behvioural space where your activities and behaviours fit a routine and pattern that minimises stress and risk.”, got that? Well, I guess comfort zones vary quite dramatically, depending on the person. For some the comfort zone can be living with their parents and not thinking about moving any time soon, for others, it might be something work/career related, fact is that most of us are in one or at least been in one at some point.
I keep thinking about the pros and cons about being in and staying in a comfort zone. Truth is that I think the cons outweigh the pros in this case. I am always up for people trying new things, knocking on different doors of opportunity, but it’s almost impossible to move forwards if you’re stuck in your comfort zone.
Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. – Brian Tracy
This quote hits the bullseye. It is exactly what I mean, the comfort zone is a place (mental and physical) in which you feel safe, untouchable and very comfortable. You know that if you’ll make a mistake or do something that you’re not so sure about, you will be able to go back to that safe place. But, thing is, that most of the best opportunities are outside of that comfort zone. If you would look back at some of your biggest achievements or the most drastic changes, you’d notice that at that exact point you left your comfort zone and went after that opportunity. Whether it is switching jobs, changing partners, moving somewhere or whatever, you need to commit to it and the rest will follow.
My quick story.
I constantly catch myself trying to get out of my comfort zone. It all started when I was 17 years old and I decided to go to play ball and study in the U.S., while most of my friends stayed back home. I may or may not have made the best decisions while being in the U.S., but that big opportunity generated a lot more smaller opportunities down the road. Even now, instead of staying in Lithuania after graduating university and landing some safe job in Vilnius, I chose to travel across the world to see what Australia has to offer. Was that the best possible option? Not sure, but I knew that I didn’t want to settle for that comfort zone.
Tying everything together.
Alright, should I go for the Taunt Line Hitch, the Clove Hitch or the Reef Knot?… get it?! Tying together…tying a knot…never mind.
What I’m trying to say is that getting out of your comfort zone is a huge part of your personal development. If you would look at the most successful people just for a tiny second, you’d notice that at some point they either dropped out of school, sold everything at went after their dream or did whatever else they did, but that’s what helped them to score BIG.
I’m definitely not saying that you should drop everything you’re doing right now and sell everything, but just think about your environment. Think about where you are right now, do you find yourself missing out on some of the opportunities to grow, to live a better, happier life? If you do that means you might be stuck in your comfort zone. I highly recommend taking some time to evaluate what you have and where you want to go. Sometimes, even the tiniest change can bring huge results.