Many people think that the comfort zone consists of all those pleasant situations that surround us and bring us pleasure in life. However, this is not the case at all. The comfort zone consists of all situations, good and bad, to which we have already become accustomed and which make up our routine. That routine, pleasant as it may be, makes us avoid questioning, thinking critically, and making decisions.
This is the only comfort it actually offers us: the ease of moving without action. The comfort zone is like a bubble with which we protect ourselves so that everything stays the same. Even when we complain and it seems unbearable, we stay in this bubble, because of fear and because it is so damn easy to make a habit of this.
The price we pay is very high. Not stepping out of our comfort zone is like rejecting life, rejecting growth. We dwell there, like a plant, as the years go by and our lives become more and more impoverished. Here are ten good reasons for you to do something important for yourself: step out of your comfort zone.
1. You have much more potential than you think
This is not a cliche. It’s really surprising what we eventually discover about ourselves when we dare to do something that drags us out of our habits, when we determine to go after a goal we didn’t believe we could achieve. Within every human being are talents and abilities, sleeping, waiting for an opportunity to show themselves.
The path of least resistance imposes itself as the routine, because that’s exactly what it’s made for. Only exceptional situations ask for the best of us. And it is here that we discover that we can do much more than we imagined.
2. You will become more flexible
If you are fixated on only one point of view, then without realizing it you will no longer see many sides of reality, while many of these sides are more beneficial and interesting. By stepping out of your comfort zone, you will discover new ways to look at yourself and life.
This translates into increased flexibility in your appreciation of things and your way of living. In other words: you become more flexible. And increased flexibility translates into a greater ability to manage difficult situations.
3. You will have more confidence in who you are
When you discover that decisiveness was the only thing you lacked and that you are actually capable of doing many more things than you thought, the confidence you have in yourself will immediately increase and you will do all those things that you did not dare before. to do all of a sudden just start doing.
Insecurity feeds precisely on the habit of not trying things. If you stop thinking so much and instead just do it, you’ll realize much sooner that you can actually go much further than you imagined. And you will have a greater appreciation for who you are.
4. You will deal with many of your fears
Our greatest fears stem from indecision and inaction. Fear creates its own vicious circle: since you are afraid, you will not try and you will stay where you are. And since you don’t try, the fear will take over and grow.
Often, if not always, simply acting will make the fear go away. In general, fear grows weaker as we keep moving forward. The only difficult part is getting started; when you start you will see how many of those big fears will go away.
5. Your life will feel more exciting
Daring is something that gives us a sense of adventure and challenge in life. Routines are predictable and as such often boring. Change, on the other hand, sets the emotional world in motion. Very pleasant feelings, such as the ability to be amazed, curiosity and the desire to discover new things, are dusted off.
6. Your creativity and intelligence will increase
Even great intellects stagnate if they are not constantly stimulated. Intelligence is like a muscle that must be trained to function properly. Routine requires almost nothing from us, a minimal use of our intellectual capacities.
The same happens with creativity. Only new situations provoke new answers and new solutions. Stepping out of your comfort zone is like giving your creativity and intelligence a chance to manifest itself.
7. Your zest for life will increase
When life is no longer an endless repetition of the same things, it becomes a whole lot more interesting and much more rewarding. If you are more satisfied with yourself and little by little find out that you are capable of much more than you thought, your appreciation for life will certainly increase.
8. You will develop better relationships
In order to have good relationships with others, we must first have a good relationship with ourselves. If you are not satisfied with who you are or what you do, it will be difficult for you to appreciate the good in all the people around you.
Stepping out of your comfort zone, discovering yourself, overcoming fears and being happy that you are alive is something that will result in a better relationship with others. You will see conflicts diminish and you will have the amazing ability to see the good in everyone.
9. You will experience the here and now more intensely
Experiencing the here and now is a form of completeness. When your efforts, attention and enthusiasm are focused on the present moment, it is because this event is a time of personal realization. Stepping out of your comfort zone only leaves room for the present moment, nothing else. You need all your attention and all your determination to manage this new situation that is spreading before you.
10. You will become more independent
By increasing confidence in your own capabilities, you will need others in a different way. They will be a great addition to who you are and not your cane, not your refuge. Being independent increases your self-confidence, while at the same time it allows you to experience the value of freedom more strongly.
–Images courtesy of Anne Soline, Art Graphik and Kim Ji-Hyuck–