Comfort Is Overrated

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The warning signs at the edges of our comfort zone tell us to stop, go back, stay safe. Our comfort zone will even make up seemingly valid justifications for staying in the zone.

Of course, to do something we’ve never done, we have to leave our comfort zone. But first we must catch our justifications. Next we remind ourselves why the Something New is more helpful than the comfort and why staying in the zone is worse than the discomfort of stepping out.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: We can also gather motivation by remembering how great it feels to finally step out.

 

Comfort Zone Error

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In his latest book The Icarus Deception, Seth Godin makes a helpful distinction between our comfort zone and our safety zone.

There is usually quite a distance (i.e. our safety zone) between the end of our comfort zone and the start of danger. We act as if there is little distance at all and so stay well inside our comfort zone.

Next time you catch yourself saying, “Oh, that’s just who I am,” or “That is not something I can do,” please pause.

Chances are that you are confusing the zones. Continued work in your comfort zone will keep delivering to you the results you keep seeing and leave you wondering why they don’t change.

Take a step outside your comfort zone. There is safety there even if you have feared there is not.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: I was going to title this, “S-s-s-s  A-a-a-a  F-f-f-f  E-e-e-e  T-t-t-t  Y-y-y-y Zone” à la Men Without Hats. But I chickened out. 😉