It’s nice to kick back and relax. But staying that way too long can cause problems, like chronic complacency and mediocrity. Let me give you 9 reasons why you should push the limits of your comfort zone.
Before I launch into those reasons, let’s be clear on the definition of “comfort zone”. The comfort zone is “a situation in which you feel comfortable and in which your ability and determination are not being tested.”
Pay attention that this “place” is a psychological situation. It’s sparked by your mindset. It’s where you feel safe. Safe is good. But is it where you should stay? What’s holding you back?
Reason #1: Staying still is falling behind.
We’re in a fast-moving culture. Innovation is part of the daily landscape. If you’re resting in your comfort zone, you’re not simply sitting still. You’re falling behind a world that is moving beyond you. Before long, it will be difficult to catch up or even get close.
Reason #2: No one notices you.
While this forward momentum is happening, people are busying themselves with trying new trends, exploring the latest technology, and seizing opportunities. They’re looking forward, not back. You’ll be lost in the cloud of dust they churn up.
Reason #3: Discover opportunities you’ve missed.
Do you know people who have resisted technology? They have a cell phone but use it only as a phone. They’re not capitalizing on the apps that make this a vital communication tool. Maybe you’re one of those people who haven’t put themselves out there for social events. You’ve missed out on meeting new people and being invited to take part in activities that could have been really fun.
Couched in the safety of your comfort zone, you don’t know what you’re missing. Wouldn’t you like to find out?
Reason #4: Overcome the fear of change.
Change is scary. But you know what’s scarier to me? NOT changing. Stagnation is a terrible waste of your life. Once you dip your toe in the waters just beyond your comfort zone, you’ll experience the exhilaration that comes from trying something new and letting go of fear. You’ll want this feeling again and again. Before you know it, you’ll revel in your courage, welcoming change instead of withdrawing from it.
Reason #5: Creativity withers in your comfort zone.
People who are mired in a comfort zone rely on what they know. “It’s the way we’ve always done it” is their approach to anything. This is a sign of resisting change, but the side effect is that you fail to innovate. Your creativity stalls and problem-solving ability weakens because you’re unwilling to explore beyond what you already know.
Reason #6: Learn to bounce back faster.
What happens when you’re comfortable? You take it easy and fight off anything trying to remove you from this state of mind. Your response time is slower. And in an age where “express” is the norm, your resilience will suffer. Push yourself to step out of your comfort zone the next time you feel that sensation. With every effort, you strengthen your resilience.
Reason #7: Stagnant people don’t get promoted.
Workers who stick with the predictable are rarely recognized as anything more than reliable. “Reliable” doesn’t earn promotions. Innovative, quick thinking, resilient, and risk-taking are the character traits that employers look for when elevating people to the next level. You can play it safe in your comfort zone, but realize that you’re going to be there for a long time—until you become so comfortable that you outlast your value.
Reason #8: Avoid regret.
“Someday” isn’t on the calendar. If you keep procrastinating on things you’ve dreamt about, you’ll experience regret for your choices.
Reason #9: Boost self-confidence and pride.
Do you feel proud of yourself when you play it safe? How does it feel on those occasions when you’ve pushed yourself beyond the limits of what’s comfortable? Your levels of self-confidence and pride will be the winners when you do.
By definition, your comfort zone is a mental space where you are not being tested. And THAT alone is why you need to get out of your comfort zone!
The new home sales industry is experiencing the largest surge in recordable history. The opportunities to grow and excel are there, if you’re willing to seize them. Stop living in your comfort zone. Get out and reach your potential! If you need a nudge, contact me.