It’s always been said that one of the biggest reasons why people do not succeed where they want to, is because of their mind set and the limitations they put on themselves. Your comfort zone is a prime example of how you could be stopping yourself from moving forward.
A comfort zone is essentially just a feeling related to familiarity, routine and well, comfort. Everybody has them, it’s human instinct and they can relate to all manner of things such as fitness and exercise, taking risks, trying new things, visiting new places, anything really that will cause you to challenge yourself, do something that is a bit out of your ‘norm’ and cause you to feel a bit uncomfortable. People tend to avoid things that make them feel a bit uncomfortable or a bit scared, again it’s human instinct.
Have you ever been in a situation where you were a bit reluctant to do something because you were not sure how it would work out? Or maybe you questioned whether were capable or good enough to get the outcome you wanted?
There isn’t necessarily anything wrong with remaining in the familiar realms of your comfort zone, but then that depends on your point of view and what you want out of life doesn’t it? Taking risks and challenging ones’ self is time and again producing evidence as being one of the most effective ways to move forward in life, and achieving whatever your goals may be. Read about anyone who is considered to be a success in their field and I bet they have done things that got them out their comfort zone on the way to their successful status.
It brings to mind that famous quote, not sure where it originates, but it certainly is very true;
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”
If we want to move forward, if we want to be successful, if we want to achieve our goals that have so far evaded us, we need to do something different and something that makes us feel a bit uncomfortable.
I’ll tell you what prompted me to write this post. I was listening to some self development training the other day, about success and mind set. It made me realise how closely mind set and comfort zones are connected. In this training the guy was talking about getting your mind set right in order to achieve success. He used the example of using a brand new car, a BMW to be precise. He indicated it is quite easy to get your mind set into that of a successful person by doing something like going out and test driving a brand new BMW, he then challenged the listener to go and do this. My first and automatic response was, “No way I’m not doing that” followed by several reasons why not, such as “they’ll know I don’t really have the money”, “I don’t like BMWs anyway” and “I’d never be able to afford one ” The whole thing made me feel very uncomfortable. “It’s other people who go and test drive BMW’s, not me!” Does this resonate with you? Then I started thinking about everything I had been learning and thought “actually what’s the worst that could happen here?”
So long story short, I’ve got my test drive booked – a convertible coupe BMW! (I really don’t like BMW’s but that’s really got nothing to do with – I do like the idea of a brand new car). This is taking me outside of my comfort zone and yes I’m nervous about doing it, but I reckon that the benefits of doing this will be much more powerful.
So, keep your eyes peeled for part 2 of this blog post, when I report back to see whether I have survived leaving my comfort zone having test driven a brand new Beemer!
Bye for now 🙂