What is a Comfort Zone
noun. A psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person and they are at ease and (perceive they are) in control of their environment, experiencing low levels of anxiety and stress. In this zone, a steady level of performance is possible (thank you Wikipedia!).
Pros and Cons of staying in your Comfort Zone
(A clip from Walden University Article):
Drawing on experience. When you choose to stay in your comfort zone, you participate in familiar activities. You perform tasks you’ve completed repeatedly, and likely with a track record of success.
Being confident. When you’ve succeeded in the past on a task, it promotes a healthy self-assurance in addressing similar undertakings in the future.
Minimizing risk. Familiar activities tend to be less risky than unknown ones.
Rejuvenating. Returning to your comfort zone can help you rejuvenate and psychologically recover before returning to more anxiety-inducing and uncertain situations.
Expending less energy for routine tasks. The ease of routine tasks frees up more time and mental energy for addressing challenging work.
Holding back. If you stay in a comfort zone too long, it can make you complacent. If you don’t perform activities that somewhat scare or challenge you, you miss out on growth opportunities.
No risk, no reward. If you don’t try something new, you won’t succeed at anything new. Big rewards come to those willing to take risks, even if they aren’t large ones.
Not learning new skills. If you only work on current strengths, you neglect the chance to develop new skills.
Missing the opportunity to make your comfort zone bigger. The more you try challenging activities, the more normal those tasks become, broadening your comfort zone to larger and larger dimensions.
Well, will you stay or not?!
The magic word is “Balance”. A comfort zone can be both encouraging and confining. It encourages composure and calm but it can also inhibit growth.
Recognize yourself better. You need to know when to be in your comfort zones and when to go all out to break the limitations of it. Ask yourself, will the outcome of a certain “change” will make you happier, more successful and a better person? Or the other way around.