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 the 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.
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. 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 will power or the mental strength to get back up.
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.
Here are some life lessons you can learn outside your comfort zone.
Lessons about life to learn outside your comfort zone
“The only thing that is stopping you from where you are to where you want to go is your comfort zone.” – Dhaval Gaudier
Are you planning to take a small step out of your own comfort zone? Do you find to find out what greatness awaits you in the realms of the unknown? Well, here are a few lessons about life that you will learn outside your comfort zone which will help you realize it’s the best decision of your life.
1. Change is great
Most of us hate change. We like things the way they are once we start getting used to it. I would go so far to say that most of us fear change. But instead of fearing change, what you should be fearing is getting stuck in the same place. You should fear not being able to change. Not being able to grow. Change is how we grow in life. Change forces us to do and achieve things we wouldn’t have otherwise. Doing the same thing over and over again, day after day will not lead to any growth. Surprisingly, most people still choose to live this way. Simply because it feels comfortable. Because they detest change. Stepping out of your comfort zone is how we grow. The uncomfort zone is exactly where all your personal growth resides.
2. Challenge equals a mental workout
Just like your body, your brain and your heart is a muscle too. And just like you go to the gym to challenge and grow your biceps, you need to challenge yourself to build your mental muscles. And this challenge lies on the other side of your comfort zone. The things is, comfort zones are meant to be pushed, jumped across and left behind to give our mind, heart, and soul a much-needed workout. Challenges make us question ourselves and our abilities. These questions lead to higher levels of self-awareness that allows us to look beyond our self-imposed limitations and restrictions. The more you challenge yourself, the thinner the walls of those boundaries will get. And the thicker your mental strength will become. So start running from one challenge to another.