It’s something we hear all the time, ‘no one got anywhere by staying in their comfort zone’. But let’s break down this idea of a comfort zone and what makes it so limiting. The comfort zone can be described as an area (physically or metaphorically) where you feel safe, at ease and without stress. Others describe it as remaining in a steady level of low anxiety.
The reality is no matter if we are in our comfort zone or a long ways away, there is always a certain level of stress and anxiety. An example is of a person working a steady job that pays the bills, while in reality they dream of running their own business and being their own boss. Now one can’t sat that the first scenario is stress-free, we all have encountered the everyday stresses of work and home life. But the feeling that there are other things you would rather be doing, or dreams you wish you had followed,can also be stressful.
Now chasing your dreams can be very scary. In her book Jen Sincero equates the comfort zone with a Big Snooze. She claims that chasing your dreams should scare you, but its a fear that can come with progress. Honestly, whats more scarier than living a life you don’t want just because it’s convenient? The stress of chasing the life you want can wake you in the middle night, it can consume you, but the reality is this is all short lived. Even if it fails, your comfort zone will always be there, its not going anywhere.
Finally, we tend to view stress and anxiety as negatives. The reality is a little bit of both can actually be a good thing, we all need that little bit of stress to get out of bed and start our day. Now a high level of stress can send us into panic mode which isn’t good either, but the strength to deal with these things comes from us personally. At the end of the day familiar is comfortable, and its only when we accept that it’s okay to be uncomfortable will we ever move forward.
So here’s to embracing the discomfort 🙂