Ever find yourself at a turning point...take the path that falls in your comfort zone, or create the path with a great deal of uncertainty? Which way to go, heart racing, palms sweating, which decision is the 'right' one?
What are your creature comforts? (Defined as: things that contribute to bodily comfort and ease, as food, warmth, a blanket, bathing, etc...)
What is your comfort zone?
Are Your Comfort Zones Holding You Back?
"As creatures of habit, we find great comfort in engaging in a pattern of what feels natural and familiar. At the same time, however, our desires often change; we make new goals, gain new dreams, and develop new passions.
But with this desire for change comes reluctance to take the actions needed to move along a new path – to change the status quo – and we may often feel stuck.
We begin to try to perceive our ability to make any kind of change and judge ourselves, typically in subtle ways that can build into a powerful influence over our actions.
We may tell ourselves the following:
“I am overwhelmed and don’t have time.”
“It has to be perfect.”
"I can’t do this.”
“I need to….”
“I will never be able to change.”
Powerful thoughts such as these can cause us immediately to retreat to our comfort zones.
What are comfort zones?
It is natural and normal for human beings to drift toward comfort. Most of us return over and over again to what is familiar or routine, easily falling into comfortable habits that over time can create a sense of complacency and boredom – essentially very little growth of ourselves, better known as entropy or decay.
Comfort zones exist in every area in our lives. The key is to be aware of them and examine which comfort zones may not be serving our current goals. Which comfort zones are preventing you from creating change?
In order to determine the answers to these questions, first, explore your comfort zones. Then, determine the solution to feeling stuck in your routine. Are you willing to move beyond the known into the unknown? Is the change you desire worth the discomfort of leaving what is familiar? No one can answer these questions but you. Most importantly, never underestimate the power of your intuition – what is your gut telling you?
“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.”
“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.”
“To the degree we're not living our dreams, our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves.”