Many people think we are supposed to just “go” through life. In reality, we must “grow” through life. We can’t expect to reach our full potential if we are practicing the same routines that we’ve been doing for the last 5 years. We have to change something one way or another. This is what will make us grow.
I believe that a great amount people get stuck in what is known as a comfort zone. A comfort zone is when a person is stuck doing the same thing for a period of time and then it transpires into a routine.
Many people use their comfort zone as a safe haven. They feel that it’s all they know and anything outside of it may cause negative effects on their lives. They fail to acknowledge the fact that in order to grow and learn from experience, they must take a risk and do something different.
When you step outside of your comfort zone, you are forced to grow and progress. A perfect example to this would be a person who wants to take a risk and sacrifice everything for something they believe in, such as a dream or passion. Once you sacrifice your comfort zone such as limiting beliefs (black or white thinking patterns), habits, and routines, you will be forced to succeed. This happens because your back will then be against the wall, and the only way to let up is if you push your way off. This will motivate you to do so and you will keep trying and never give up. As a result, you will grow! Whether you fail or succeed, it will teach you an important life lesson.
I didn’t fully grasp this lesson until age 25. I hung out with the same people for over 5 years. While hanging with these people, we did the same thing every weekend such as club, bar hop, restaurants, house gatherings, etc. It was all we knew every weekend. This turned into all of our comfort zones. After a while, I knew I was no longer interested in those things, however it was what I was used to. The people I hung around were friends I’ve known since middle school, so I felt at home around them. I didn’t want to meet new people or do different things because this was my safe haven. However, I wanted to expand and grow. This is when I took a risk and began doing things outside of my comfort zone.
I started taking trips alone, hanging around different people, and having more open-minded conversations. These were things that I wasn’t used to. These things opened many doors for me and I began inviting more like minded individuals into my life. I even became open to discussing my dreams and aspirations (something I’ve always kept to myself). A great thing that came out of this was my blog site. Had I stayed in my comfort zone, I wouldn’t have started this blog or be where I am today.
I encourage each and everyone of you to take a risk and step outside of your comfort zone. Even if the results aren’t what you expect, it will help you grow and become a better you.