Comfort is creativity’s biggest enemy.
It is also growth’s greatest enemy. Comfort zones trap people and hold them back from new experiences and from forming new mindsets. They put up veils over people’s eyes to blind them from the possibilities that lie outside of their comfort zones. But standing still and choosing to do the same thing over and over again will never get you where you want to go.
Of course it’s easy to do and stay with what’s comfortable. But it’s not fulfilling. Clinging to comfort keeps people (myself included) from putting themselves out there, from going for their dreams, from changing direction. And sometimes a change in direction is exactly what’s needed. Although safety and comfort is the easy option, growth requires risk.“Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.” – Abraham MaslowClick To Tweet
- study abroad in college
- join a club
- take a new fitness class
- take a lesson for a hobby you have – drawing, singing, dancing, boxing etc.
- write down something personal
- talk to new people – in a class, at a bar, at your job.
I can honestly say that the best experiences of my life have resulted from me deciding to step outside of my comfort zone.
– Traveling with a student group in high school, studying abroad in college, joining groups in college that require a lot of public speaking, starting this blog. None of these things were easy or comfortable. But they were so much more rewarding than anything that has ever occurred while I’ve stayed inside my comfort zone.
Of course there’s always the idea that maybe people won’t like you, maybe people won’t like what you create, maybe people won’t agree with your ideas. And honestly, this will probably be true to an extent no matter what you do. There will always be people who judge you and there will always be people who disagree with you. It’s just the nature of the world we live in.
But people will judge you whether you stay inside your comfort zone or whether you step out of it. And since you can never please everyone all the time anyway, you might as well step outside your comfort zone, take risks and pursue your own interests. Focus on making yourself happy and fulfilling your own dreams.
In the end it matters way more what you think of yourself than it does what others think of you.
We should all try to do something for ourselves that we can be proud of.
What has your experience been when you’ve chosen to step outside your comfort zone?