Comfort zone
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5 Signs you’re stuck in the comfort zone!!

Motivation Monday!!

“If you want to be successful, you
must be willing to be uncomfortable.” Gil Eagles

Somebody pinch me!!

I want to be successful 😲 but I don’t want to break a sweat!!

So!! how on Earth am I ever going to be successful?

it’s just a lot easier to deal with all of life’s struggles from the side of convenience. So this is me, In my living room, in my pajamas away from all the hustle and bustle.

it feels as if life unleashes a new batch of troubles every single day! It is natural human tendency to want to find a great way to manage all of life’s woes without breaking a sweat.

But Simon says!!…… that’s not how it works!!

Let’s talk about the comfort zone for a minute because I have been stuck in this limbo for a while!!

The comfort zone is where we feel safe, where we feel comfortable, it’s that place where you feel satisfied and comfortable, a place where you don’t feel any undue pressure.

  • That environment that you are so used to
  • The career that you have been in for a while
  •  That routine you follow
  •  That ideology that you uphold

Each of us has a comfort zone, it could be a place that is familiar to us or a behavioral pattern that is so familiar to us. The comfort zone comprises of the non-threathning and non-challenging activities.

They’re routine, a part of
your everyday life — the things you
can do with no sweat. Tasks you can perform without any physical or mental challenge.

unfortunately life isn’t an easy walkover and occasionally, you will be faced with experiences and challenges that will need you to break your routine, and get a little uncomfortable. beyond these it is believed that in order to achieve
your goals, realize your potential, and reach your peak, you must be willing to be uncomfortable, you need to be able to push yourself to do things that you’re afraid to do. it’s only in so doing that you would be able to reach your full potential.

Bardwick defines the comfort zone as “a behavioral state where a person operates in an anxiety-neutral position.”

Does that definition ring a bell for you? It does for me!

The thing about living in your comfort zone is that although it’s not actually a bad place to be, it’s easy to get complacent and not want to try new things, experience any frightening situation or engage in a new activity. This is dangerous because while you camp out in your “safe space,” the world around you is changing. And eventually, those outside forces can disrupt the “safety” that exists in your comfort zone.

5 Signs you are stuck in the comfort zone!! 

1. Hearing the word “NO”: it is very “human” to cringe at the thought of rejection, and no other word reeks of rejection or symbolizes rejection like the word “no”
Are you bummed up at the thought of your ideas being rejected, so you never come up with any ideas of your own? This is very common among millennials. The comfort zone presents itself in different ways and this is definitely one of them. Never give in to the urge to stay mute when you feel a need to speak up, all because you do not want to face the possibility of having your ideas or suggestions rejected. Rejection is bad, but what’s worse is not giving your creative mind the opportunity to express itself. If you never try, you’ll never know.

 

2. The fear of change: too scared of Changing that Job or Starting your Own Business? I know the feeling first hand. The comfort zone will never let you make changes easily! Whether it’s a career change or a relationship change, there’s always the temptation to stay within the confines of what is known. To the person stuck in The comfort zone, the unknown always holds no prospects and feels like too much of a risk. We have a lot of unhappy workers who yearn for a more satisfying work environment… but the fear of change, cripples the mind and makes them afraid to do anything. Let’s call this the anti growth syndrome. Change is inevitable and In life, you’re either growing or dying. If you fear Change, you may not be able to make much progress and record any growth. So long as you’re sitting within your comfort zone, too scared of change, you’re not going to grow, because Growth requires you to step outside of your comfort zone.

 

3: Not trying new things: breaking routine can be a little difficult! We all have somehow developed behavioral patterns and daily routines that we follow religiously and whenever anything happens that requires us to break out of this routine, the natural tendency is to resist it. But then how can you live out your full potential if you never take a risk or try something different. In life we are going to have a lot of Hits and misses, trials and errors, For most of us, it is going to take time to finally get that thing that we need, whether it’s the right business strategy or the perfect adventure. As long as you’re willing to try new things and actively discover what you like and don’t like, you will eventually find the right path. However, if you’re within your comfort zone, you’ll rarely, if ever; try new things.

 

4: You’re settling!
If you continue to live within your comfort zone, You will settle for so many things. It’s really easy to get tired and just settle for whatever it is that life hands down to you or tries to shove down your throat. This is perhaps the worst fate of all. Because you go on to settle for so many things which doesn’t truly make you happy, simply because you are too afraid to take any chances.
Martin Luther King puts it perfectly

“You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid….

Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you’re just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.”

5: you just feel comfortable: life doesn’t necessarily have to be hard but every once in a while events occur that would require you to get your hands a little dirty. If you seem to be living a very convenient routine life, then it might suffice to say that you’re stuck in the comfort zone and would do well to engage in activities that challenge the status quo.

 

Breaking out of your comfort zone 

Nothing good comes easy, but with determination and consistency nothing is impossible! You can break out of your comfort zone if you are riled up enough to make it happen

Firstly!!!! you need to start taking baby steps!

Admit that you are stuck in your comfort zone just like I have, and start making little efforts each day to break out of it.
Gradually, you would start to gain the energy and confidence necessary to take bigger steps.

Secondly!! Practice becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable!!

It can be built up like a muscle – the more you do it, the easier it becomes !!

Keep taking small steps and, with time, it will become a habit. Comfort zone

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Hy I'm iffy!! A chronic worshiper with a DIY spirit! After a near death experience I started my journey to living a more purposeful life.

16 Comments

  • Nyxie

    Although our comfort zones are nice and safe, we need to reach outside them if we want to continually improve ourselves. Comfort zones are like a vacation home, you can go there every so often, but you can’t live there all year round.

  • Anna Nuttall

    I totally think I’m stuck too much in my comfort zone and I have people telling me to break out and do something else. Once I’m that comfortable place I don’t want to leave it and its something I’m learning at the moment. These tips have comes at the right time. Thank you. xx

  • Agnes

    The comfort zone is where most of us like to be. The only problem is that things don’t work out the way we want as we relax without taking any steps in life. It is the high time that I left my comfort zone and started working for a better future. Thank you Christiana for reminding me.

  • Amber Myers

    I always try to get out of my comfort zone now and again. I don’t do it often, because I’m an introvert and prefer to be in a comfort zone, but I know it’s healthy to step out of it. Once in a while.

  • Marie Phillips

    I love staying in my comfort zone! But I also know there is very little growth in that comfort zone. I am getting better at climbing out of it more and more. And I’m realizing it isn’t nearly as painful as I thought it would be!

  • Amber Killmon

    I’ve always thought I was crazy. Whenever things seem to be going well I feel very uncomfortable. It’s not until life’s chaotic and throwing me curveball after curveball that I feel like I’m accomplishing something.

  • leah

    it is always nice to feel secure but still such a good thing to explore and learn more about other things and yourself. changing up habits can help a lot!

  • Eloise

    I found Bardwick defines the comfort zone as “a behavioral state where a person operates in an anxiety-neutral position.” very interesting… never really thought about that way.
    I know I haven’t been stuck in the comfort zone, pretty much EVER! Sometimes I wish I were in the comfort zone for a certain amount of time just to feel a little more at peace.
    Great read!

  • Tisha

    I’m on a journey to change a bunch of habits I have, but it can be overwhelming. I love what you shared about baby steps! Small steps lead to large victories!

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