You may have hear the term “comfort zone” thrown around a lot lately. Maybe you know what it means. Maybe you’ve never thought about it.
Here’s the best definition I can give you.
Your comfort zone is that little universe of things you think and do. I say “little” because the goal of this zone is to keep you small. Things like taking the same way to work, ordering the same meal at your favorite restaurant fall into this category. Unfortunately, so do not writing that book or trying to ice skate. Not believing you can ever be wealthy is a perfect example.
Essentially, it’s anything you do repeatedly that doesn’t cause you one bit of stress. It doesn’t challenge you in any way.
The Value of the Comfort Zone
Don’t get me wrong. Humans crave familiarity. Part of what makes us human is being able to establish a base state that allows us to repair and rebuild. The problem arises when we choose to live our lives in this state. Never challenging yourself is like eating vanilla ice cream every day of your life. Your body would actually start rejecting it even if your brain was pleased it wasn’t another flavor. The mind of your body knows you need more but your egoic mind craves sameness.
Do you see the struggle this creates? All while you think you’re playing it “safe”.
So, while knowing what your comfort zone is might be important, learning ways to challenge it are too. Countless success stories are built from people who did just that. After their successes, they claim they don’t really feel like they’re living until they stretch themselves.
It seems taking regular forays outside of their comfort zones is the only way they ever got where they are.
Do You Know Your Comfort Zone?
If you haven’t tested yourself, here’s a quick quiz to help you figure out where your comfort zone ends.
Consider doing something you’ve never done before. It doesn’t have to be huge either. Let’s pick something simple like going a different way to work.
When you think about trying a new way to work are you overrun with thoughts of being lost, late and scared? Let’s just pretend GPS hasn’t been invented for this exercise.
If that didn’t scare you how about taking the bus? How about hitch-hiking? How about cycling? How about walking?
Did you find yourself getting to a point where the thought of it was just too uncertain for you to consider doing?
You’re starting to get an idea of your comfort zone. For me, without GPS changing my route starts an anxious response that crests somewhere between taking the bus and hitch-hiking which I wouldn’t consider doing.
Try this with some other activities. Ordering food, asking for help, reading a book, taking a course? Keep adding difficulty levels and see where you lie.
Again for me, reading a self-help book is great. Reading fiction is also great. Reading historic accounts not so much. Reading advanced mathematics? Right out!
How Do You Get Out of Your Comfort Zone?
That, my friends, will be the topic of this blog going forward. Making the little changes we can to make sure we keep moving forward. That we don’t get stuck in a life of boring sameness.
That we learn how to build a bigger life by making simple, incremental changes. These changes WILL add up, I assure you.
My hope is that you’ll follow along with me as I report on changes we can make. I also hope you’ll follow along with the challenges I make to my comfort zone. I’ll report on my experience making the change and encourage you to try the change I talk about. I’m hoping together we can experience a transformation to a person we hardly recognize!
How The Comfort Zone Challenges Will Be Set Up
Each post on a comfort zone challenge will have the following in it:
- A brief discussion of what the challenge is.
- If I’m doing that particular challenge, how I went about doing it.
- A rating system for difficulty as I see it. This may vary from person to person. A five star system will be used.
- My experience with it if I’ve done it.
- Request for comment from anybody who’s willing to try the challenge. I want to know how YOU did with it and what YOU learned.
- Resources to help you try the comfort zone challenge and any conclusions I may have about my experience with them.
What I’m going to be giving you is things you can do to get outside your comfort zone. Not all of these things will work for you. I don’t expect you to do them all either. After all, some of these will be way beyond my comfort zone so I’ll do my best to give you the information you need to try it on your own. These are times interaction with you is key and I would love to hear from you in the comments.
I’ll also be posting content about how to shift your mindset, be more productive and be more present every day of your life. I believe mindfulness is everything in life. I want to give you the tools to help you be more present every day of your life.
I don’t want YOU to be one of those people.
If you’ve got something you’d like to try but don’t know where to start, leave me a comment below and I’ll try my best to make it a comfort zone challenge.
Remember, this blog is about YOU even more than it is about me, ok?