A few months ago, my life was super hectic. After a major milestone – my life slowly started to calm down. Right now, I’m at a point in my life where I feel comfy. So comfy, I am itching for a change. I know I can choose to just stay inside my comfy bubble and hang and watch everything pass by … but, there is so much life has to offer and I don’t want to miss out. I may not be in my thirties anymore but I am not ready to just sit around and act tired.
Why do we like to stay in the comfort zone anyway? It’s because the comfort zone is the stress-free zone that we are used to. It’s a familiar place where we are the most dissatisfied with our lives. Here’s the issue though …
When we stay in our comfort zone, we are forcing ourselves to stay stagnant. Clearly, we are intimidated by change. Our brains are trained to keep us safe so we stay in our comfort zone instead of facing the unknown.
Staying in our comfort zone may be fine but it can cause problems as well. Here’s why it’s not all that cool to stay in your comfort zone.
Not setting/reaching your goals. If you get too comfy where you are, you are less likely to set a goal or follow through on reaching your goals. Your fear, procrastination, or any other excuse keep you from taking action toward your goal.
Lack of growth. You’ll always be stuck where you are, never going forward and never growing and changing. You might end up not achieving your goals because you’re stuck on doing things the same way you’ve always done them, even when you’re not seeing any results. You fail to see what great things you can achieve.
Feeling left behind. Everyone else seems to be moving forward but you. Others might have been behind you in terms of life or career but because they stepped out of their comfort zone, they have passed you by.
Settling for less. By continuing to live in your comfort zone, you settle for less than you desire. Come on, you deserve better! Don’t put your passion or things you love aside.
You lose your self-confidence. When you don’t move out of your comfort zone, you aren’t building the confidence you need to grow and take on new challenges.
Your health suffers. More often than not, when you are not getting out of your comfort zone you aren’t taking care of your health either. It can be from fear of going to the doctor, not wanting to change your routines, avoiding going to the gym for some reason such as being looked at or trying something different.
Stepping out of your comfort zone is not easy but it’s doable. Take it easy – little steps – one foot in front of the other …
You can do it!