“Life begins at the end of your comfort”
Such a warm and familiar phrase that has stuck with me for many years.
And for a long time it seemed so passive to me, but right now it is staring me down like the Goliath to David.
The thing about the comfort zone is that it can be very consuming, you may not even realise that you are in it, until one day the bubble snaps, like a band-aid being ripped off.
This can apply to any facet in your life, it is so easy to get “comfortable” and into a routine. I often wonder how great people continue to be great, for example the corporate ladder climbers, the musicians who produce Grammy winning album after Grammy winning album, Picasso’s whose art knows no time, writers who are constantly re-imaging their lives and the world in general. Also what about us “normal” human beings.
I did say in my first blog post that this is about reflecting, figuring life out, one day at a time and one blog post at a time.
I personally believe that breaking the curse of your comfort zone requires a considerable amount of effort. Taking active steps, mostly daily to challenge yourself and do something that you feel and believe will make you a better human being.
Knowledgeable people will tell you the importance of meditation and reflection. Taking a step back and identifying where you are and where you want to be.
The next step would be to plan, write down your goals, do you want to get better at running? do you want to read more, do your want to improve your technical capabilities at work? All of these things, albeit different require some sort of effort, some movement, some reading some anything, to get you to a place that is maybe 1,2 or even 3 steps out of the dreaded comfort zone.
All it takes is a little effort, an extra 10 mins of running/walking, reading a chapter a day before bed, reading an article or two that is career related. There is a wealth of information and one must know how to tap into all sources.
Finally, practise makes perfect, it takes 21 days to develop a habit. and we have 365 days a year, imagine how great we would be if we used just a fraction of that to better ourselves. Just imagine