What makes you feel comfortable? Sitting by the fire with a good book. Lounging out on the couch watching Netflix. Settling into a bubble bath with a glass of wine or taking the boat out on the lake fishing? Whatever it may be, when you’re comfortable it’s nice, warm and cozy – you feel safe.
Discomfort, on the other hand, has the opposite effect. Your palms get sweaty; heart races, and your awareness increases. Your body is telling you-you’re in danger, and it’s time to fight or flight.
But what’s interesting is that everyone perceives comfort differently. What makes you feel uncomfortable might not be for somebody else. Some would rather swim with sharks then speak in front of a crowd or jump off a bridge instead of getting a flu shot. But it’s those experiences in which you feel uncomfortable that help you grow.
“In this world, you’re either growing, or you’re dying, so get in motion and GROW.” – Lou Holtz
Comfort Zone Matrix
Think about your Comfort Zone as a bubble nestled up against a wall. That is your growth wall, and everything outside of it are Growth Opportunities. Every time you wish to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable, you have to break through your Growth Wall. Every time you break through your growth wall your comfort zone expands. See the diagram below:
What scares you or makes you uncomfortable is not fixed. With the right mindset, you can grow your confidence to take on new challenges. Each time you develop your comfort zone, you’ll feel more at ease with new experiences.
Imagine what you could do if fear no longer held you back. What could you accomplish if you didn’t experience uncertainty or were able to push through it? It won’t be easy, but the struggle you put in can help you become your best self.
Check back next week on how to nourish your comfort zone by developing a habit of taking advantage of growth opportunities.