In a world programmed for comfort, we are all able to create for ourselves a comfortable life; we are able to work and play to our own personal design. And the more comfortable we are, the higher our aversion to discomfort and change.
If we stay comfortable, stay inside our own little bubble and never stretch ourselves, we will never realize our full potential. It is life outside our comfort zone that challenges us and has us grow. Yet, one thing we all know, is that human beings don’t like change.
Growing, changing and adapting to anything new, isn’t easy. It becomes easier to just say “‘I’m fine as I am”, “It’s too hard” or “I can’t change”, which is why we need to constantly push ourselves to experience life outside of our comfort zone.
Take it from someone who has experienced a whole lot of change — both good and bad, the key to success is in our ability to approach discomfort as an opportunity for challenge, growth and improvement, in being adaptable and flexible, in response to discomfort.
Yet, you may ask, is it really worth the effort? WIIFM – What’s In It For Me? Here’s what I think:
- Trying different things creates a more informed, a more “open” you.
- Trying new ways of doing things opens doors to unimagined opportunities.
- You see things differently and become more creative
- It gets you uncomfortable and adds a new perspective.
Then, once you get comfortable with the change, once it becomes part of your regular routine, you take a deep breathe and find something else to do that makes you uncomfortable.
Want to be exceptional?
Then do exceptional things – start by getting out of your comfort zone.