Here are three ways staying in your comfort zone is holding you back.
- It’s keeping you from growing personally. When you are afraid of something, staying in your comfort zone keeps you from facing that fear. Then you suffer from it forever or until you do face it. You stay away from situations that would put you in a position to face the fear to overcome it.
For example, your fear of public speaking keeps you from taking a job that requires you to speak in front of others, even though it’s a step up on your career ladder.
- Your comfort zone is keeping you from being happy. Maybe you struggle with self-confidence and self-esteem issues. These problems can grow unless you take steps outside your comfort zone to address them. Stepping outside your comfort zone helps you build confidence in yourself and see yourself in a better light.
When you are confident and have good self-esteem, you are happier. For example, if you’re not confident in your abilities, you tend to stay in your comfort zone instead of trying something new. This drags down your confidence, making you feel less competent and making you unhappy.
- Staying in your comfort zone can make you feel trapped and unhealthy. Often our comfort zone keeps us making bad habits out of fear. You might want to be more active, run a marathon, feel fewer aches and pains, and go on adventures. But to do any of these things means doing something outside your comfort zone.
Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.