What is a comfort zone? It is where we feel good, confident, we have minimal stress and anxiety there.
Why not stay there it sounds like a comfortable, warm bed?
Personal growth takes risk, stretching our normal boundaries, and sometimes fear, stress and anxiety. Is the risk of these difficult feelings worth the benefits of the growth it may bring us as a human?
Here are a few of the growth benefits that we get when we step out of our comfort zone.
- We begin to break free of our normalcy. We become more productive able to deal with new things easier and find that it is also easier to push our boundaries and be creative.
- We begin to do things differently, without hesitation.
- We will begin to slow down and take more time to think and observe what is going on around us.
- We will begin to trust ourselves to make snap decisions, instead of weighing out all of the pros and cons. (Not that this is bad, but sometimes it stops progress.)
There are many more benefits that we can experience by stretching our boundaries and stepping into the “uncomfort zone.” The article link below on Lifehacker does a great job in explaining them clearly.
Although it may be uncomfortable to enter the “uncomfort zone,” it is well worth it for personal growth. If you really have a hard time with this start by taking baby steps, one at a time, it will make the experience easier and less stressful.