Step Out of Your Comfort Zone for Success27/07/2018
We all have big dreams in life. It is our dreams that sustain us as we slowly trudge through our day-to-day lives. We look towards the future, so we don’t feel bad about our present. We see our lives as having this upward trajectory. We are not going to stay at the bottom forever. Who wants that anyway? But we all know what the truth is. The vast majority of people are going to remain at the bottom; far removed from what they have envisioned their life to be, unless they have the courage to step out of their comfort zone.
For most of us, success is nothing but a word. It means nothing. But how did this happen? Aren’t we all supposed to want to achieve our dreams? The truth is, we all want to succeed, but not everyone is willing to take action. Success is earned, not given. It is not going to be handed to you on a silver platter. You don’t sit back, do nothing, and get rewarded with your dreams. No, it doesn’t work like that.
If you want to be successful, you’re going to work hard for it. You may toil for your dreams for years. It won’t be a walk in the park. You will take risks and face challenges. You will face failure head-on, not once, not twice, but many times. Dreaming is not for cowards. It is not for those who can’t even find the courage to leave their comfort zones behind. It is not for people who are not brave enough to take that first step out the door. It is not for people who don’t know the meaning of the word ‘sacrifice’. But, you are not one of them. You are reading this post because you want to change your life for the better. You are tired of living a mediocre life, and you are finally taking action towards your goals.
Are You Getting Too Comfortable?
We all like getting comfortable. We like living and doing things in comfort. In this day and age of instant gratification, we can easily get the things we want. For instance, with just a push of a button on a mobile app or a click on your computer mouse, you can have your food and groceries delivered to you. There’s no need to stand in line all hot and sweaty. Thanks to the Internet, you can get practically anything you like delivered straight to your doorstep.
Living in a comfortable bubble
When we get too comfortable, we tend to live in our own little bubbles. At first, we may feel happy, satisfied, and safe in our little safe zone. We are able to do things that don’t stress us out or make us anxious. Eventually, however, we become bored and uninspired. We become unhappy. Our dreams get relegated to the back burner. But many people still don’t want to rock the boat even though they are unhappy. Does this sound like you?
You want to leave things the way they are. You have gotten too used to comfort that the mere thought of leaving it to go do something uncomfortable leaves you in a cold sweat. What does it mean for you? It means you have changed. And it is not for the better, either. Where your dreams once consumed you, you have now turned into a scared little mouse; always afraid your small block of cheese is going to get stolen right from under your nose.
Comfort zones do change
You want to go out and chase your dreams, but you’re afraid that if you leave your comfort zone, you won’t be able to find your way back. You think it is going to disappear. But it’s not true. You know why? Because our comfort zones don’t remain constant forever. As we grow older and have more life experiences, our comfort zones grow with us too.
Think of it this way: What you have inside your comfort zone now used to be outside of it at one point. Look at your home. For most of us, our homes are at the center of our comfort zones. It’s where we go home to sleep, eat, relax, and have fun with the family. But, have you always lived in that same home? Did you always have the same people living in your home? Your answer is likely to be a big ‘no’. So, before you moved into your present home, you were living somewhere else. And that somewhere else was also part of your comfort zone.
When you decided to move from your old home to the new one, you probably felt scared or excited. You were leaving your old comfort zone behind. However, after a few days, weeks, or months of living at your new home, you suddenly realized it has become your new comfort zone. You no longer felt scared. Your new home is no longer the ‘unknown’. You have finally settled in. You are finally comfortable. There is nothing wrong with being comfortable. After all, everyone seeks it no matter what their status in life is.
When comfort becomes a problem
When comfort suddenly interferes with your dreams and your goals in life, it becomes a problem. When you get to the point where you let your comfort take precedence over your dreams, then it’s a problem. Your comfort zone has become a problem. Now the thing is, problems aren’t meant to fester. They’re meant to be solved and remedied. So, when your comfort zone stands between you and your dreams, you need to make the right choice if you want to succeed.
Your true potential
Each of us has the potential to do great things. But if you remain trapped in your comfort zone, then you’re never going to know your true potential. Imagine a bird trapped in a small cage. The bird knows it can fly, but for as long as it’s caged, it will never know just how high it can fly. That bird is you. You’re trapped within your cage – it’s just disguised as your comfort zone. The good news is that unlike caged birds, you can actually choose to leave your comfort zone. If you want to uncover your true potential, then you will need to unlock your cage. That’s the first thing you need to do.
Learn new things
With your cage wide open, you can now feel the breeze on your face. You can now taste freedom. You can now go after your dreams. But dreams can be fickle. One minute you see it so clearly, you feel like it’s within arm’s reach. Then the next minute, it’s far, far away. If you want to accomplish your dreams quickly, then you need to have a plan. Not just any old plan, but a solid, well-thought-out plan. A plan that may require you to learn new things and new skills.
In your comfort zone, you wouldn’t have had the opportunity to learn and try new things. No, in your comfort zone, you’ve already mastered everything. Trying new things made you edgy, it made you uncomfortable. But outside your comfort zone, you don’t have such limitations. Outside your comfort zone, you’ll experience a multitude of opportunities that were previously not available to you. It’s up to you to grab and hold onto those opportunities. They’ll build your skills and your knowledge. They’ll bring you closer to your goals.
Expanding Your Comfort Zone
Our comfort zones aren’t set in stone. It’s just an artificial mental boundary that allows us to function in our daily lives without getting anxious and without getting scared. It’s a zone where we feel in absolute control of ourselves. To achieve our goals, it’s necessary to step out of our comfort zone. But it doesn’t mean you need to leave it forever and never look back. That’s not how comfort zones work.
Successful people still have their comfort zones. They didn’t totally abandon it when they were chasing their dreams. They still went back to their comfort zones when they felt fatigued and needed to go back to the familiar for a bit. But they didn’t allow themselves to get trapped in there. What they actually did was, over time, they expanded their comfort zones and turned the previously unfamiliar to something familiar and comfortable.
Continue challenging yourself
Growth comes from challenging yourself to learn new things. When you conquer your fears, you learn something new, you learn that your fears were nothing more than a figment of your imagination. When you take risks, whether you succeed or fail, you also learn something new. If you succeed, you determine the correct formula to success. When you fail, you learn what you should avoid doing next time. If you feel like your life has stagnated because you’ve been in your comfort zone for far too long, then you should challenge yourself to explore and experiment. For every win and every skill you master, your comfort zone grows and expands with you.
Our dreams and our goals give us direction in life. It tells us which way we should go and which roads to take. Remember, however, you can’t get to your destination without stepping out of your comfort zone first. Comfort zones are important, too. But we shouldn’t let it stop us from chasing our dreams. Gather the courage to get out of your comfort zone. Go and follow the path that will ultimately lead you to success.