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Leaving Your Comfort Zone Essay

WE ALL LOVE COMFORT. MANY OF US PREFER NOT TO GET OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONES. WHY SHOULD WE DO IT? IT’S COMFORTABLE IN THERE, ISN`T IT?

Everything is familiar here. Every smell, move, step... Everything looks comfortable. We know the thoughts and feelings that prevail in that zone. We know that lifestyle, which exists here. We love to live in our Comfortland.

The questions are:

  • Do YOU need to step out of your comfort zone?
  • Why should YOU do it if it’s comfortable for you there?
  • How can YOU step out of your comfort zone if it is necessary?

To answer these questions, we need to find out:

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF COMFORT ZONE?

A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there, except laziness, anxiety and fears. Imagine something you do every day or all the time, like brushing your teeth, watching TV, reading news or cooking breakfast. Daily activities that you’re used to won’t make you feel uneasy, uncomfortable or anxious. Why? They belong to your comfort zone. For us, familiarity is not just comfortable but seems to be safe. That’s why we are more prone not to move out of our comfort zone.

Now imagine, you need to stop smoking or eat less chocolate or change your lifestyle. How do you feel about it? Not quite at ease, right?

WHY DO YOU NEED TO STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE?“Move out of your comfort zone. You can grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new”. –Brian Tracy

While reading this quote, I asked myself: What did I do that was not comfortable but helped me grow? There were many of them, but at that moment my childhood experience occurred to my mind! I wanted to learn to ride a bike. I was approximately 5 years old and I had that burning desire to do it. Was it easy? No! Was it challenging? Yes! I hurt my knees many times and fell down several times. It was far from perfect. That wasn’t not that comfortable at all! Even so, I stood up and tried again and again and again. So I learned. I did it. I still have a scar on my knee, which will always remind me of my small achievement in life. I'm sure everyone has his story and you are not the exception!  

Let me give you 4 good reasons why you need to LEAVE your comfort zone:

#1 YOU WILL DEVELOP!

The desire to succeed mixed with some anxiety and flavored self-doubt can lead to personal development. Surprisingly, even a fear can drive you to your dream destination. All you need to do it to face it.

#2 YOU WILL EXPAND THE BOUNDARIES OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE!

Yes, it is true! For example, if your comfort zone is rather small, in other words, the amount of things you can do feeling comfortable are few. That’s an indicator that you need to get out of your Comfortland or at least, expand the boundaries of your Comfort Zone. Otherwise, you will miss out a lot of the entertainment and excitement. Life has to offer lots of fun! Get out of your comfort zone more often and you’ll enlarge the amount of things you’re comfortable with.

#3 A COMFORT ZONE IS NOT THAT COMFORTABLE!

The paradox of comfort zone is the following: people don’t feel comfortable in their own comfort zones! They feel bored, anxious, depressed or insecure. Do you also feel like that sometimes? That’s a sign! Definitely, you need to step out of your comfort zone.

# 4 IT WILL HELP YOU FIND THE BEST MOTIVATION YOU EVER SEARCHED FOR!

Do you know why most of the people are afraid to get out of their comfort zone? Because it is uncomfortable!
Daniel H. Pink states in his provocative, but pervasive book “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” that people are looking for so-calledproductive discomfort.

“If you’re too comfortable, you’re not productive. And if you’re too uncomfortable, you’re not productive.”

In my opinion, that is all about finding a so-calledhappy medium.

You shouldn`t be too comfortable with the things you are doing. I don’t mean you need to start doing the things you don’t like at all. You don’t need to do the things just because you need to get out of your comfort zone. Of course, not! You should do the things, which help you grow and achieve your aim, make your dreams come true. To get there, you might need to develop or learn new skills, which require trying new things. By stepping out of your comfort zone, you will do that!

The last, but not the least question is:

HOW TO STEP OUT OF THE COMFORT ZONE?

Read the whole article on Goodblink.com:
WHY LIFE BEGINS AT THE END OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

“You’re probably going to have to throw your clothes away after this.” Someone is offering this warning in a van on the way from Guadalajara to Arandas, deep in the heart of Mexico’s Jalisco region. We’re preparing to ride ATVs through the agave fields, where the raw product for tequila is harvested. Apparently, it’s going to be so muddy that everything we’re wearing will end up in the garbage. But it turns out that the dirt is mostly hard-packed, so roaring through the remote fields at 20 miles per hour is as clean as it could theoretically be.

But it’s cold — unseasonably cold for Mexico in the spring. My hands, gripping the handles that rev the gas and pull the break, begin to turn an actual shade of blue. The grey sky threatens a storm. Dogs, presumably there to guard the scattered farms, bark and lunge at our ATVs as we roll by. All feeling leaves my fingers. It’s alarmingly uncomfortable, frigid, and unfamiliar, the sort of situation that sends signals to your brain urging you to stop. But what if you don’t stop? What if you continue riding the ATV through the fields despite any discomfort or resistance? What if you whisper to yourself, Brain, I hear you, but I’m going to do this anyway?

That day in Mexico, as my hands froze to the handlebars, it began to hail (later that night, it snowed; the first time there in at least 20 years). We holed up in a small store in the middle of the fields to wait out the weather and watched a mangy cat gulp down a hot dog whole. There, I saw an aspect of Mexico that would be impossible to see on the usual tourist circuit and I had an experience that would be impossible to plan for. I spent the entire van ride back through the fields considering how miraculous the uncertain can become.

In the past few years, I’ve pushed myself into more and more of these experiences, something that my work as a travel writer has made possible. I drove an Aston Martin 100 miles per hour around a circular track with my hands in my lap (physics!). I got into the ocean with stingrays the size of dogs in Grand Cayman. I went to live in London for five weeks without a real plan. I drag-raced a car in Abu Dhabi. I went into a fancy bar, ordered a drink, and sat alone. I went into a hotel room with a man I barely knew. I climbed a tree in the middle of the Hawaiian jungle. I flew a small plane. I ate shark. I asked for directions to a late-night Paris eatery in questionable French. I said yes when I wanted to say no. I was uncomfortable, in varying degrees, but I did these things anyway.