It’s usually mentioned with a certain amount of guilt. We feel that we should endeavor to escape it, and that doing so is good for us. What is this place that’s apparently not good for us?
Our comfort zones.
I’ve been thinking about our aversion to them and wondering if we’ve been looking at them the wrong way. What if instead of of trying move beyond them, we moved deeper into them?
No, I’m not talking about remaining in your PJs and never leaving your house.
I’m saying that maybe, just maybe, there’s a key buried within the things that make us feel the most at ease that could unlock our potential. Better than trying to abandon them and trying something completely new for the sake of newness. Although we might find new, fruitful experiences by more fully exploring the things that make us feel at home and relaxed. Diving below the surface of these comforts might end up stretching us in a more sincere way than jumping out of the pool and into a lake halfway around the world.
This is also not to say that getting a different perspective on a regular basis isn’t important or shouldn’t be done. We need that to keep our thinking and creativity fresh. But why be dramatic about it?
That’s what I’m weary of—the belief that change has to be big and overt. There’s no need to abandon the best, most natural parts of who you are—or fight with them—in order to grow.
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