Is Staying In Your Comfort Zone Holding You Back?

Nov 30, 2020

We’ve heard a lot about getting out of our comfort zones. But have you ever thought about why you should? After all, our comfort zone is where we feel in control and safe. It’s where we can predict what will happen and how we will feel. There won’t be any surprises that we can’t deal with.

So why would you feel compelled or even want to get out of your comfort zone? You need to do it because it's the key to your personal growth and happiness. Stepping out of that zone helps you build up your self-confidence and the way you view yourself. 

Is being there holding you back from living a fulfilled life and growing in your career?

The answer is yes! Being in your comfort zone and staying there is keeping you from realizing and achieving what you desire. It's stopping you from being challenged and you don’t have any chance to rise to new occasions, to prove yourself.

Here are 3 ways how staying in your comfort zone is holding you back:

  1. It’s keeping you from growing personally. When you're afraid of something, staying in your comfort zone keeps you from facing that fear. Then you suffer from it forever or until you choose to face it. You stay away from situations that would put you in a position of having to deal with that fear in order to overcome it.

For example, your fear of public speaking keeps you from taking a job that requires you to speak in front of others, even though it’s a step up on your career ladder.

  1. Your comfort zone is keeping you from being happy. Maybe you struggle with self-confidence and self-esteem issues. These problems will grow unless you take steps outside your comfort zone to begin addressing them, helping you build confidence and see yourself in a better light. 

When you're confident and have high self-esteem, you're happier. In other words, if you’re not confident in your abilities, you tend to stay in your comfort zone instead of trying something new. This drags down your confidence making you feel less competent and ultimately making you unhappy. 

  1. Staying in your comfort zone can make you feel trapped and unhealthy. Often, our comfort zone has us doing bad habits out of fear. You might want to be more active, run a marathon, feel fewer aches and pains, and go on adventures. But to do any of these things, you'll have to push yourself outside of your comfort zone.

Let's say you want to run a short marathon. It’s always been a dream of yours, but you procrastinate and make excuses as to why you can’t do it. You’re too out of shape. You don’t have time. You’re too old. But the real reason is that you are afraid to get out of your comfort zone and begin training with someone. As a result, you continue to eat unhealthily, gain weight, lose muscle tone, and put your dream on the back burner until eventually, your health becomes a problem. All of this results in negative experiences, which will become a cycle. Thus, never giving you the chance to do something great.

When we stay in our comfort zone, we are holding ourselves back from living a life we love, from being happy, and from growing. We end up letting our fears rule and settling for mediocrity. So, take that step. Take the step that feels more like a leap. Instead of letting that fear decide for you, feel it, accept it, and do it anyway. 

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