In order to feel safe and secure, our comfort zone ‘protects’ us when we’re about to do something our mind thinks is crazy. We’re creatures of habit, and if we have a bad habit we’ve been doing for years, we don’t want to let go of it. We justify and make up excuses to keep it in order for us to stay inside our comfort zones.
Take smoking for example. Sure, the nicotine in cigarettes may be an addictive element, but people also smoke out of habit; smoking is a comfort activity to them. They continue to do it despite knowing the harmful – even fatal – effects that smoking has on their body and the people around them.
You may feel safe and secure in your comfort zone, but are you doing what’s best for you if you stay there for years on end? The answer is: No! You’re meant to grow, improve, and learn for life. Step outside your comfort zone and take a walk on the wild side, a brighter future awaits you on the other side.
If you stay in comfort zone, you are limiting your incredible potential. You’ll miss opportunities that could transform your life for the better. Not only are you doing yourself a disservice, you are also robbing others of the joy they will get from you living on purpose!
The question now is how do you get out of your comfort zone? It’s actually really simple… Just do something that makes you feel scared, doubtful, hesitant or resistant every day. In other words, get comfortable and friendly with being uncomfortable.
Remember, you now do things on a daily basis that were once very uncomfortable, for example walking, writing or driving a car. You may not even remember these things being uncomfortable but there was a time when they were very challenging!
You don’t have to do anything big or grand. You don’t have to go from being deathly afraid of heights to jumping out of an airplane in a day. Instead, take small, consistent action to step out of your comfort zone, whether at work or in your personal life.
Don’t beat yourself up if you slip back into to your comfort zone. Just remember to step out of it again. If you continue to grow as an individual, your future self will thank you for it!
Educator, Mentor and Business Growth Expert Peter brings a unique combination of intelligence, practicality and exuberant passion to add enormously to the success of client’s personal, business and financial lives. With over 25 years of experience in business and having coached over 2,000 individuals and presented to over 35,000 clients, his knowledge is enviable and enthusiasm infectious. Peter Conna, clearly one of the most experienced mentors and educators in Australia can also boast academic standing with qualifications including a Certificate IV in Coaching, Certificate IV in Real Estate, Diploma in Financial Services (Financial Planning), Bachelor of Business and Masters of Education. He is currently completing a Masters of Counselling. Driven by a strong sense of contribution, Peter enjoys hearing stories of success from his clients and the stories from the Make a Wish Foundation children he works so hard to support. His efforts to date have raised over $625,000 for the charity. He has recently created the eQ Foundation, a charity set to sponsor the education of over 1,000 children in developing countries this year. He is committed to helping individuals achieve outstanding results by providing integrity based mentoring and coaching.