STEP 4 – Death in The Comfort Zone
I started with how to make small changes in your everyday life, but what you should really ask yourself is if you really want any changes in your life? Do you need a change? Why is that you want to change?
Your life runs pretty smooth, there are better and worse days, you have a job, you have a place to live, you have some friends – it’s not bad overall. Why would you ruin all of that? Maybe it’s better to leave it as it is? Why destroy something that actually works? There is one, but crucial reason – to leave the comfort zone. What’s wrong with the comfort zone, you may ask? There are many things wrong with it, but the most important one is that there is no growth inside it. Nothing will grow out of a weak soil, which the comfort zone is actually made of.
You do the same things every day, you go to the same workplace, you meet the same friends, and it’s been going on like that for years now. And suddenly you find yourself in a very comfortable spot, one that you can’t get out of. You don’t even notice when you start following the same patterns, put yourself in a routine and start moving around in the same circle. Only suddenly you get dizzy and it’s kind of scary.
If you don’t take a new route, if you don’t follow a new signpost, you avoid doing something that you’ve never done before and soon it will be very difficult for you to see that there even is another way to go. Stepping upon a new route is essential in order to grow. We have to stimulate our brain if we don’t want it to die. Doing the same things over and over again doesn’t stimulate anything. Making similar decisions and walking the same paths again and again won’t change anything in your life. It’s just bouncing off the same walls of the zone you already know.
Maybe you should ask yourself a question: if this is how you want to live your life? Think of a variety of today’s world, of places you can visit, people you can meet, things you can experience. Are you really ok with experiencing and seeing only the same things over and over again?
If the answer is “Yes”, go ahead and make your bed comfortable again. I just hope that when you decide to get up after all, you will still be able to stand on your own two feet.