All too many of us are nice and comfy in our “comfort zone”, remaining there whenever possible.
You might ask “What’s wrong with that?”
Well, here’s what I think…
“Wrong” is not the right word. There’s nothing wrong with that in the sense of right and wrong. However here’s what I know as a fact:
If you keep yourself within the confines of your safe cocoon, you may actually be imprisoning yourself to an extent. Your growth as a human being will be limited.
What do I mean by growth? Things like:
-Expanding one’s enjoyment of life in general
-Increasing one’s knowledge
-Developing a greater sense of confidence while diminishing one’s fear of change
-Potential for higher income
-Better health (you’re moving and doing!)
-Self worth and self esteem
-Better general adaptability (more experiences)
There are more attributes (list some more if you’d like) however suffice it to say that by stepping out of your comfort zone will most always lead to betterment.
“You are only confined by the walls that you build yourself.”
“Amazing things rarely happen in your comfort zone.”
“Feel the fear and do it anyway.”
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
“There are wonders to see, to feel, to enjoy once you get out of your comfort zone.”
“Great things never came from comfort zones.”
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”
I admit, I too am afflicted with the general UN-comfortableness of doing something outside the realm of my own previous experiences and outside the comfort of my own “cocoon”. However I can say with 100% confidence that EVERY time that I do, and after the experience is over, I am better for it in one way or another.
If it was a failure, I learn from it. If it was a success, I have progressed in some way.
I believe that all humans are wired to stay or seek a comfort zone. It’s a survival instinct. This makes sense. But let me suggest to you that in today’s modern society there’s no excuse for taking on new challenges and life experiences.
As a preparedness-minded person, the more I learn (especially the practical skill sets) the better I am for it. The times that I’ve taken on big projects, I’ve initially felt nervous or even apprehensive about it (them), however after getting through it (whatever it was) and looking back on it, there is a sense of pride, self-esteem, and self-worth after having made my way through…
Same thing about going to new places and exploring the world around us. Just about everyone that I know will go to the exact same places (e.g. vacation) year after year after year. I’m not knocking that (there are some awesome places to go visit, so why not return?), however I am suggesting that there is an infinite number of experiences just waiting for you out there. Why not step outside your comfort zone and try something new?
It’s natural to fear change (and not all change is good change 😉 ) and it is natural to find excuses not to do something. However the more change that you experience and the more experiences that add up in your life, the more adaptable you likely become due to those experiences and subsequent learned knowledge. You become a fuller person.
When we reflect back upon life, we may think of our accomplishments, the fun experiences, those difficult challenges that we overcame. So why not build some more of them?