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6 Lessons You Will Learn Only Outside Your Comfort Zone

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The comfort zone. What a beautiful place to be in. But have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone? Have you ever thought of venturing outside to see what lies in the great beyond? Have you ever wondered what lessons about life you can learn outside your comfort zone? One thing’s for sure: you’ll be surprised by what you find at the edge of your comfort zone.

“Comfort zones are plush lined coffins. When you stay in your plush lined coffins, you die.” – Stan Dale

Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with staying in your comfort zone. Most people spend their entire lives existing right in the middle of their comfort zone. But that’s the thing. They just EXIST. They never live. They never find out what it feels like to live a life beyond the mediocrity of the daily grind. The comfort zone quite comfortably kills your potential to achieve greatness and live an amazing life.

Venturing outside your comfort zone is exceptionally challenging but it’s exactly where you will grow mentally, psychologically, and spiritually. This is what will empower you to create an extraordinary life for yourself.

Outside Your Comfort Zone
6 Lessons You Will Learn Only Outside Your Comfort Zone

But What Exactly Is A Comfort Zone? 

“Comfort is the enemy of progress.” – P.T. Barnum

It’s a metaphorical place where life feels comfortable. It’s a place where everything seems familiar to you. Comfort Zone is a place where you never learn any valuable lessons about life. It’s a place where there are no challenges or obstacles. Or at least the challenges seem familiar to you. You know how to overcome them. It’s a place where you know you’ll be okay and you’re happy with what you have.

As I said before, there is nothing wrong with that. All of us want to feel comfortable in life. No one wants to struggle their entire life. Comfortable makes us feel good. Comfortable makes us happy. We feel great being comfortable in our lives. Then why would anyone want to move out of it? The thing is, life happens. {1}

Life takes some drastic twists and turns when you least expect it. Life hits hard. And you will fall flat on your face wondering what the hell just happened? And this is where the problem lies. Staying in the comfort zone makes you complacent. It makes you mentally weak. It takes away the warrior spirit from you. So when you fall down, you don’t have the willpower or the mental strength to get back up.

Related: 10 Uncomfortable Milestones That Prove You’re Doing It Right (Even When It Doesn’t Feel Like It)

Welcome To The ‘Uncomfort’ Zone

“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.” – Denis Waitley

Did you know there is a word for the death of self-development? It’s spelled C.O.M.F.O.R.T. By purposely getting out of your comfort zone, you force yourself to face challenges you’ve never faced before, you learn skills that you never thought you were capable of doing. You reach new heights that you never thought existed. You become a whole new person that you never knew was trapped inside.

Stepping out of your comfort zone prepares you to face life and stand tall regardless of what challenges life throws at you. 

The “uncomfort” zone is where you grow as a person. It’s where you experience how exciting and enthralling life can be. This is where you experience the true essence of life. Where nothing feels familiar, yet everything seems exciting, this is the place you were meant to be in. This is where you were meant to live, not just exist. One 2001 study explains that successful leaders step out of their comfort zones and “use their passion, values, and personal mission to create and maintain influence.” We must learn to “define and develop” environments that allow us to grow. {2}

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Theo Harrison

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