There are great benefits to stepping out of your comfort zone. The biggest may be that being in the zone is stagnating and severely limits growth so that escaping that comfort zone puts us in a positive motion. But there are other benefits you may not have realized.
1. It becomes a habit. The fact is, we tend to stay in the comfort zone because we are afraid. That fear controls us and limits our growth and productivity. Facing our fear of change means that you confront the things you’re afraid of. Doing so on a regular basis will take the power of fear away. You’ll rise above that limitation.
2. If you constantly challenge yourself, you will increase your flexibility. Facing your fears doesn’t mean that the thing you’re afraid of won’t happen, it means that you’re better prepared for it when it does. The more you do it, the more you’re going to be able to handle when things don’t work out as planned.
3. Your stamina will increase. The more you push against out of the comfort zone, the easier it gets. When you push past the zone, you will adapt to the change, and the new normal becomes the new comfort zone. Push past it again and again, and you’ll find it gets
easier and easier to keep moving forward.
4. Comfort zones depend on not changing. Creativity instigates change. Staying in a comfort zone means that you lose your creativity. You cannot be creative and stagnate. Leaving the zone, on the other hand, means that your creativity and focus will increase.
5. If being in the comfort zone means nothing changes then you cannot be more or less productive. That would require a change. Leaving the comfort zone and pushing past those limits means that you’re able to accomplish more in your life and stay better focused.
There are a lot of reasons to get out of the comfort zone, but remember, the comfort zone is neither intrinsically bad or good – it simply is. You’re geared to have these zones as a rest between each hard press for achievement and accomplishment. And you really do need to rest and regroup. You also need to take stock and let yourself catch a breath. That is what comfort zones are designed to do – create a pit stop for your mind.
It’s getting caught in the trap of complacency where comfort zones become a problem. It’s the addiction of being in control, of knowing what the days to come will have that leaves us stagnant and unable to grow. The good news is, we don’t have to stay there. Keep pushing, and you’ll be amazed at the benefits.