Comfort Zones are wonderful things. When you’re in one, you have a chance to catch your breath. It’s where you can re-charge after a long, hard struggle and find yourself again. It’s where you find rest and the space to dream about the next steps in your life.
They’re also very easy to stay in, especially when you realize how little stress there is in a Comfort Zone.
The problem is, while Comfort Zones are necessary for giving yourself an occasional break, the biggest and best success stories come from uncomfortable places. It’s when you push to do more, explore who you are, and see what you’re capable of where you learn the most. For this, you have to leave your Comfort Zone for a time. Try using these reasons if you need a little help stepping out into Discomfort:
Know You’ll Be Stronger for It
We become our best selves when we’re fighting through Discomfort. We strive to surpass challenges and discover strengths we never knew we had. We gain confidence with every success. We come out on the other side knowing we’re a force to be reckoned with.
Imagine How Creative You’ll Become
Hard problems call for unique solutions. Discomfort forces you to think outside the box and do your creative best. Many great innovations have come from trying to deal with difficult problems. So too, will you discover some of your best innovations through these struggles.
You’ll Learn So Much More
Nothing underscores where you need to learn new things like Discomfort. It’s those areas where you feel less than capable where you’ll discover the next things you will learn. Experts are born through hard times as you seek to understand better what’s happening and what part you can play in fixing the problems you’re facing.
You’ll Go Places You Never Thought You Would
There’s no room for routine or planned trajectories when you’re in the Discomfort Zone. Challenges frequently can only be met through pivoting to a new tactic or creating an entirely new plan of attack. Here is where you’ll discover just how versatile you can be. This kind of approach invites you to step into new territory, introducing you to people and ideas you might never have encountered otherwise.
You’ll Wind Up with a Bigger and Better Comfort Zone
Finally, imagine your Comfort Zone. Imagine enlarging your territory until you are comfortable in areas you never were before. This is the real beauty of challenging yourself to step into the Discomfort Zone for a time. As you grow and become more comfortable in new areas, you claim them as your own. How amazing is that?