I often hear that your comfort zone is where your dreams go to die. That may sound extreme, but I believe it to be true for the most part. I will never go as far as to say that nothing can be accomplished while you are in your comfort zone. However, I would say that you have a much better chance of achieving your goals is you operate outside of your comfort zone. The familiarity of your comfort zone may be calming and reassuring but it can also be the reason why many goals may not be achieved. The following are a few risks of remaining in your comfort zone.
Growth is limited in your comfort zone.
You are not likely to do any growing in your comfort zone. You live each day knowing what to expect and what not to expect. This brings you a sense of security but with that security comes a lack of personal growth. Personal growth consists of you learning new skills, expanding your knowledge, and seeking out new experiences. When you are nestled comfortably in your comfort zone, you are less likely to take advantages of opportunities. This leads to your potential for personal growth to be limited.
Fall into mental rut.
Life in your comfort zone is predictable. Everything is the way it always is, and you like it that way. However, you can get into such a rut in that you begin to believe that where you are is where you are destined to be. Your days blur together, and you lose all desire to reach for your dreams and goals because you feel everything is fine the way it is. The reason why you feel that everything is fine is because you are comfortable. This can lead to feelings of being unfulfilled and inadequate. If you are not careful, these feelings could lead to depression or anxiety.
Opportunities are missed in comfort zone..
When you are comfortable in your comfort zone, you run the risk of missing those opportunities that can get you closer to your goals. I often shake my head at all of the times that I turned down an opportunity because it required me to do something outside of my comfort zone. Stepping outside of your comfort zone means doing those things that feel foreign to you. But these are the very things that could also mean the difference between living your dreams and living in your comfort zone.
Becoming watered down version of yourself.
Most of us have had big dreams and big goals that we have wanted to achieve. Whether it was starting a business or going back to school, we had some goal that we wanted to achieve. Life often happens and we end up in our comfort zone. If any effort is put into achieving our goals, it is temporary. The extra work and dedication needed to make these things happen become a bit much and you sometimes abandon them to return to what is comfortable. You become the watered-down version of yourself because you still have those dreams that you had before you got into your comfort zone. The dreams remain but you never really become that person because you are hesitant to come out of your comfort zone.
Frustration and regrets.
Sometimes we go through life and the years pass by before we realize that we are not really living our best lives. This leads to frustration and regrets. Frustration and regrets about what should have been or what could have been loom large. You become frustrated because you may be feeling stuck and then looking back at the different opportunities that you may have passed on causes the regret. Your comfort zone feels good but what does not feel good is the thought that so much more could have been accomplished had you made even the tiniest step outside of your comfort zone.
What are some of the things that you do to get out of your comfort zone? What do you think you have missed out on while you lived in your comfort zone?
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