Comfort zones. Love them or hate them, they certainly play a huge role in our lives whether we actively think about it or not. They influence our decisions daily and, depending on your perception, they can be experienced as a safe haven or a cage. The amount of time you spend inside or outside of your comfort zone also impacts the level of stress you experience and this, of course, impacts your health. So it is well worth figuring out your relationship with your comfort zone and how to use it confidently and to your advantage.
For some reason society, in general, promotes the belief that you can only grow, experience success and become your best self if you bust out of your comfort zone. While this may be true for some people, for many of us it is not. This belief has become an accepted way to pressure, shame and force anxiety on people who function the best inside of their comfort zone.For some reason society, in general, promotes the belief that you can only grow, experience success and become your best self if you bust out of your comfort zone. While this may be true for some people, for many of us it is not. Click To Tweet
What seems to have been forgotten is that your comfort zone can be expanded and that you can do this in any way that works for you. You do not need to abandon your comfort zone completely. What you do need to ensure though is that you don’t become complacent. Simply give yourself permission to be empowered.
What does that actually look like?
It looks like using your specific personality, skills, and strengths to intentionally move towards your goals in a way that doesn’t push you too far into overwhelm. It looks like always learning, always listening and always believing in yourself and the potential of your dreams.
More specifically, it means allowing yourself to take small steps to achieve your big goals.
TAKE BABY STEPS
Think about what it would take to boost your confidence so much that your goal is now inside of your comfort zone. Maybe you need to research, read a book or take a course. Maybe you need to develop a skill, hire a coach, ask friends for support.
Maybe you need to buy something to make your goal easier to achieve. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ solution because every person, every situation, and every goal is different, but the basic process remains the same.
- Identify your goal.
- Acknowledge why it feels outside of your comfort zone (fear, lacking a skill etc).
- Break down the steps required to achieve it.
- Use your strengths to tackle one step at a time.
Inside your comfort zone, you are strong and in control. It’s easy to take action because you’re operating from a place of confidence. Use that to your advantage and remember that your comfort zone is not rigid. Rather it adapts and grows with you. What feels hard right now will likely feel manageable in the future.
So next time you feel pressured to bust out of your comfort zone, ask yourself if it’s actually necessary (sometimes life thrusts us into situations beyond our control) or if perhaps there’s a gentler alternative. The choice is always yours. I’d love to continue the discussion with you in the WWC FB Group/Online Community.