Comfort zone is defined as, “a place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress”. A comfort zone is designed to eliminate risk.
Comfort is overrated. Counterproductive. It can lead to laziness – preventing you from having your greatest impact in the world.
Ask yourself this question. “When have I ever accomplished something of great significance while clinging to my personal comfort?”
When we live within our comfort zone, our natural tendencies are to rely on ourselves – the things we do well. The rub is that we aren’t stretched to improve. When we are comfortable, there’s no challenge to get better.
Deep down, I believe we all know where we need to improve. Where we struggle is with implementation.
- Take inventory – Are you too comfortable? Be honest with yourself.
- Ask yourself – What’s one small change I can do that will increase my impact?
- Action – Set up some small steps you can implement bringing about your desired improvement. The key here is small. Rome was not built in a day and neither will your improvement. Don’t get too zealous.
- Accountability – Who can help resource you and keep you on track? Ask him/her to help you.
- Maintenance – Track your progress and keep your accountability person inform along the way.
How can you move yourself out of your comfort zone?