What is a comfort zone?
It’s comfortable– there is something to be said about trying to get out of your comfort zone, it’s a comfort zone for a reason. It’s comfortable! I sometimes get overwhelmed just thinking of my to do list. I always aim to simplify and that is harder than it sounds. I sometimes just want to be a child again, where my biggest task of the day was to go to school. The good old days.
It’s familiar– sometimes our comfort zone isn’t comfortable, it’s just familiar. That’s why we stay there instead of venturing into unchartered water. This is probably where I am at the moment (in some areas of my life). I am far from having it all together, sometimes, I’m just tired! I am sure some of you can relate. There is nothing wrong with familiar, but we must also think progression and growth.
It’s for a season– it’s important to be aware of the different seasons of life. I don’t think it’s sustainable to be switched on all the time. What I mean by this is, there should be a winter season (a time of rest), spring season (a time to clean, prepare and sow), summer (harvest time) and Autumn (a time to prune, clear-out and preserve). I could delve in deeper, but you get the idea. We also need time to unwind and unplug. Always look after yourself, and we must all try to always improve our quality of life.
It’s a temporary place– bearing this in mind, I do try to be kind to myself. I understand that sometimes our comfort zone might need to be enjoyed for a season while you plan your exit strategy. It is not a permanent place, so let’s not make it one. Sometimes, we do what we must (it might be unpleasant, hard work but not illegal) to reach where we want to be.
It’s deceptive– yes, it can disguise as a good enough place or stage, the feel of comfort is nice. When schools, work or any other institutions are not pushing us, do we push ourselves? When we no longer have to answer to anyone, do we still push ourselves? If we do push ourselves during these times that we are accountable to no one, it is when it matters the most!
I hope this helps you understand what a comfort zone is and hopefully inspires you get out of it. Don’t let your comfort zone rob you of an amazing life. As usual, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, do let me know what you think and don’t forget to get my free eBook. Subscribe to my newsletter that way you get an email as soon as I upload a new blog. Follow me on Instagram and Facebook.