Nearly everything we change has this subtext, an aim for greater comforts with minimal disruption to our status quo …
It isn’t so much inexorable challenge of right over wrong, or doing right to correct a wrong, as it is this need/urge/curiosity to challenge how things are, how they’ve always been or some belief that things are as they always ‘must be’.
When we think about growth – in our work, in our relationships, in our sports/hobbies or our artistic pursuits – does any of that come from our comfort zone?
Of anything worthy we’ve done – was it accomplished when we were comfortable?
I think not.
When nudged, pushed and prodded; when we are forced, coerced, bullied; when we are driven by circumstance or presented obstacles – those are the times we grow, learn, stretch and accomplish unexpected unheard-of things.
Comfort zones are comfortable – but I don’t think they are good for us. We don’t do our best when we are cozy. We do our best, think our clearest and make the best decisions when discomfort and strong forces but us on high alert and drive our adrenalin.
Next time you feel not-so productive’, ask, “Am I in my comfort zone?”