A comfort zone is a psychological state in which things feel familiar to an individual, so they believe they are in control of their environment, experiencing low levels of anxiety and stress.
Comfort zone can be a place of safety, but it keeps you from seizing opportunities for growth, just because it involves something unfamiliar. While a steady level of performance is possible in this zone, it is less likely to achieve major breakthroughs in life.
People prefer to ‘live comfortably’ because of the short-term fear of possible risk. Within the comfort zone, our needs are met, while we enjoy zero stress. Our brain is lazy; it does not want to do extra things if it recognises that the body is surviving. By default, it tries to get you to do what you have always done.
This is exactly why it is important for you to get out of your comfort zone.
Although taking the safe route is always tempting, there are some good reasons why you should sometimes resist that temptation. Getting out of your comfort zone will enable you to:
When you are nervous, you feel as if the whole world is watching, but the truth is they are not. Confidence is not an inborn talent, it is a skill and is workable. So, the simplest way to develop confidence is to face our fears and take a risk.
Be more creative and productive:
When people are cozy, they tend to do the bare minimum. A little pressure, for example in your workflow, can help your productivity and multitasking upgrade to the next level.
Be more adaptable to change:
Your brain does not like change and is wired to expect the worst, but there are always unexpected things in life that you have not prepared for and you will need to deal with. Taking risks helps you respond better to that kind of stress.
Reach your full potential:
If you always go by the book, how will you ever learn what you truly can handle? Uncertainty pushes you to encounter your boundaries, increasing your chances to find out “what you are really made of”.
Avoid ‘what ifs’:
Research suggests that people towards the end of their life tend to regret the risks they did not take and for opting for the safe route. Those who never take their risks will never know what could happen if they had tried to do things differently.
Written by Sahar Habib
Founder of Coach Wilson