Why Are you Advised to Step Out of the Comfort Zone?

Everyone talks about the comfort zone like talking about a disease you must get rid of soon or else you’ll rot and die altogether.

This comfort zone is some sort of luxury ultra all inclusive hotel, a place you enjoy everything you do and don’t need to make a lot of efforts to achieve anything, but you still have to check out in the end.

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This means you are not fine until you get out of the place you feel just fine. Really?

The basic concept states that by stepping out of the comfort zone, you will experiment other things and find that you have unknown capabilities and qualities.

If there is something that you like and it’s totally different from what did so far, it shouldn’t be wrong.

Why won’t that feel comfortable? Why should it be wrong?

For example, if you wish to exit the country where you drive the car on the left and settle in a country where the driving is done on the right side of the road, then you step out of the comfort zone. The most unpleasant part begins when you wish to approach a roundabout the familiar way, that’s really comfortable.

Resistance to change is generally regarded as a shallow thing, the willingness to change is considered enough. Bulls*it!

Well, if it’s minus 10 degrees Celsius, but you really need to smoke (wearing just a shirt), the whole comfort thing goes down the hill, but the purpose should be worth it…

Generally, if you have to try something new, either a project or a work procedure, you risk stepping out of the comfort zone and this has as side effect the resistance to change.

The same happened in some state-owned institutions that had to give up the A3 registry to electronic records. This was a real exit from the comfort zone. Some say that even nowadays there are some people, close to retirement, who look up on google the letter alignment on a QWERTY keyboard.

Of course, their boss could try to offer some coaching sessions or empathetically ask how can he help, but they are doomed to stay in the discomfort zone (along with the boss).

Stepping out of the comfort zone to learn how to swim (knowing that you are afraid to put your head under water), might keep you there (under water) and force you to find alternatives, like brass swimming.

If you do something for you, make it so it doesn’t seem a burden, but just as a mean to reach another “comfort zone”. If you don’t see a benefit in this “exit” and it is just imposed on you, you have a greater chance that the experience is more painful.

Good luck getting comfortable!