Why You Probably Don’t Know Where Your Comfort Zone Lies

If you were reading my blog a few years ago you will know it wasn’t called ‘A Daring Adventure’

I actually had a stand alone HTML site with a blog on WordPress with an entirely different domain name.

It was a wrench for me to leave it behind because I liked the domain name and tagline so much.

It beautifully encapsulate large elements of self development and personal change.

The blog was called The Discomfort Zone and the tagline was:

‘You Cannot Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be, Without Passing Through……….The Discomfort Zone’

For all sorts of reason, not least of which it was confusing having two domain names, I merged everything onto A Daring Adventure.

Surprisingly not many people know what is meant by their comfort zone.

If you ask people, they will tell you, not unsurprisingly, that it is the area or aspects of their life in which they feel uncomfortable, but that’s not so.

Battered women are sadly often in their comfort zone, even though it’s not comfortable.

Soldiers coming under fire can still be in their comfort zone.

A ski jumper about to hurl himself down a huge hill can still be in his comfort zone.

Speaking in public for the first time doesn’t mean you have left your comfort zone either.

Doing something new isn’t necessarily outside your comfort zone, although it often can be.

Doing something that scares you isn’t necessarily outside your comfort zone, although again, it often can be.

However, doing something new that scares you and gets your adrenaline pumping almost certainly means you are outside your comfort zone.

It doesn’t have to be anything like the examples above either.

Where Is Your Comfort Zone?

Asking for a raise or a date may be outside your comfort zone.

Publishing a blog post may be outside your comfort zone.

Changing careers may be outside your comfort zone.

I have no clue where your comfort zone lies, but I do know two things.

Firstly, the more you step outside of it, the bigger it gets and the more epic shit you can achieve.

Secondly, most of your major achievements are achieved by at least initially stepping outside of it’s restrictive walls.

It’s not comfortable stepping out into the unknown with a lump in your throat and a knot in your stomach, but more often than not you will be glad you did.

So what are you doing to stretch your comfort zone?