09 Jul Investing in Yourself: Conquering the Comfort Zone
In order to obtain success for ourselves and succeed in our ventures, we have to be willing to change. In my book, Correct Change Required, I talk about things that can hinder our personal growth and change. A common obstacle to change is remaining in your comfort zone. A comfort zone is an area in your life with which you are familiar. It is a place you know. When I go to a familiar restaurant, for example, l like to sit at a certain table. I tell the hostess, “Table nine, please.” If my table is not available, I am pushed out of my comfort zone, and my entire dining experience is ruined.
Most people live and die in a non-growth environment due to this attitude. Human beings are creatures of habit, and it is difficult to adjust to things that are even a little different from what we are used to. We like what is familiar, even if it is uncomfortable! We want to run the instant something comes into our lives that can bring us growth or change..
Remaining in your comfort zone can be your greatest obstacle to change. Many times your comfort zone may even be unpleasant, but it is so familiar that you do not want to leave it. You have to abandon your comfort zone if you want to see change. You must let go of the old in order to embrace the new. This, of course, requires some stretching.
Have you ever done some kind of exercise and found you could not walk. the next day? Your muscles were sore from being stretched. Stretching beyond your comfort zone will also make you sore. Not stretching past it, however, will make you stiff!
If you have ever tried to wear a pair of pants that was a size too small for you, you Can understand what it means to resist breaking out of your comfort zone. Talk about being uncomfortable! In that situation, you only have two choices: lose weight or buy yourself a larger pair of pants.
Do yourself a favor. Break through your comfort zone and make the changes you need to make in your life!
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