Comfort Zones Have Gotten a Bad Rap

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We seem to automatically assume that it’s a bad thing to have a comfort zone or to be comfortable in our comfort zone.  We’re told we have to get out of it.  We’re made to feel lazy or that there’s something wrong with us if we’re satisfied with our comfort zone.

This isn’t true!

To be in a comfort zone means that we are feeling good about ourselves.  We feel safe and secure.  There are no real threats to our wellbeing—mentally, physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually.  We feel capable and competent.  We have self-confidence and self-esteem.

This is a good thing!

When our comfort zone is working for us we enjoy a level of satisfaction and contentment.  Our life is working for us!

Comfort zones become “bad” when they stifle us, limit us, and cause us to live below our potential.  We become fearful or sad or frustrated—or a smorgasbord of all of these.  We can feel helpless and feel that we’re beyond hope.  When we have these feelings, they’re telling us it’s time to enlarge the boundaries of our comfort zone.

Sometimes we hesitate to move out of, or expand, our comfort zone.  We’re not sure what’s “out there”—if there is anything at all “out there” other than some sort of abyss.

We must remember that this state of unknowing is only temporary.  As we gain our footing, the Bravery Zone where we find ourselves will turn into our new comfort zone.  Isn’t that amazing?  I think it is!

Here are the three points to remember:

~Comfort Zones can be a good thing for us.  It can be the safe and stable place where we bloom and thrive;

~Comfort Zones are “bad” only when they stifle us and cause us to live below our potentials, accepting less than what we know we’re capable of;

~Outside of our Comfort Zone is our Bravery Zone.  Once we step into our Bravery Zones and give ourselves a chance to get used to it, our Bravery Zone becomes our new Comfort Zone!

Let me know what you think about this post.  Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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2 thoughts on “Comfort Zones Have Gotten a Bad Rap”

  1. This is a wonderful way to look at the subject of comfort zones. We don’t have to keep pushing ourselves just for the sake of pushing ourselves. It’s great to know that we can enjoy our comfort zone when it’s working for us. And when it’s not, we can move step-by-step into the bravery zone. These posts have nudged me into getting out of the box in my creative endeavor. I feel like I’m living in a wider area of possibility and I like it!

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    1. HI Julie!
      Thank you for your comment! I’m glad to hear that you’re inspired to step into the bravery zone. I’m so excited for you! Congratulations! Keep going; keep taking those little steps!

      Your Friend and Pep Pal,
      Lauren

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