As the saying goes, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” They also say “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”
No matter who we are or what we do, everyone has a comfort zone. It’s that place where we feel most at ease, safe, and completely stress-free. While the comfort zone is as advertised (comfortable), it’s not always where we want to be, especially if we’re trying to achieve big time goals or grow as human beings.
What makes the comfort zone unique, is that it is unique to each and every one of us. For some, their comfort zone may be their current job situation. They’re complacent in where they are in their career, and aren’t willing to struggle or take on the challenge of something new or different, even if it will benefit them.
My own personal favorite example for the comfort zone, is one that I, myself have found through running. Sure, I can walk out my door every single day and run the same exact route at the same exact pace. But, I sure as heck better not be expecting to get faster by doing such. With an upcoming marathon briskly approaching, I’ve altered my training, and incorporated a few days a week that are purely speed and interval days. Hard ones. The ones that kick my butt every single time. But you know what? I’m getting faster, and becoming more confident in my pace as well as myself.
Surely it takes some grit to jump into the unknown and push yourself. But it’s worth it.
When it comes to the workplace … Have the hard conversations. Take the risks. Ask the tough questions. As much as we’d like to believe it to be true, we can’t always expect good things to simply fall into our lap.
Possibly my favorite saying involving the comfort zone is this one. “If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.”