Your comfort zone is a behavioral space where your activities and behaviors fit a routine and pattern that minimizes stress and risk. That provides a state of mental security.
You benefit in obvious ways: regular happiness, low anxiety, and reduced stress.
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A state of relative comfort created a steady level of performance. In order to maximize performance, a state of relative anxiety is needed—a space where our stress levels are slightly higher than normal. This space is called "Optimal Anxiety," and it's just outside our comfort zone.
Too much anxiety and we're too stressed to be productive, and our performance drops off sharply.
Without the sense of unease that comes from having deadlines and expectations, we tend to do the minimum required to get by.
We also fall into the "work trap," where we feign "busy" as a way to stay in our comfort zones and avoid doing new things.
By challenging yourself to things you normally wouldn't do, you can experience some of that uncertainty in a controlled, manageable environment.
Learning to live outside your comfort zone when you choose to can prep you for life changes that force you out of it.
As you challenge yourself, your comfort zone adjusts, so what was difficult and anxiety-inducing becomes easier as you repeat it.
"Productive discomfort" becomes more normal to you, and you're willing to push farther before your performance falls off.
Even in the short term, a positively uncomfortable experience can help us brainstorm, see old problems in a new light, and tackle the challenges we face with new energy.
Going back to your comfort zone from time to time will help you process your experiences.
The last thing you want is for the new and interesting to quickly become commonplace and boring.
It is our natural tendency to be impressed by new things, only to have the incredible become ordinary after a short time.
It's why we can have access to so much information instantly and still get so bored.
Escaping from your comfort zone is a necessity in order to rise above the masses. Even though your daily routine feels safe and pleasant, that doesn’t mean it’s beneficial. In fact, the safer you feel, the less likely you’ll do anything to make progress .
A comfort zone isn’t a place—it’s the habit of avoiding new things or taking any risks. However,life rewards those who push their boundaries and take chances.
Successful people accept that sometimes they’ll feel the pain of falling short, but they know the reward is worth it. Furthermore, their experiences turn them into a more creative and mentally resilient person. Eventually, they adapt to the struggle, and their comfort zone expands.
Fear is a necessary step to the learning and growth zones. It takes courage to step from the comfort zone into the fear zone and can be anxiety-provoking. But persevere long enough, and you enter the learning zone. A new comfort zone is created after a learning zone, expanding one's ability to reach further.