Whilst remaining in your comfort zone may feel cosy and safe it brings no movement or progress whatsoever. It brings more of the same which is of no use if you desire to move forward in your life. Our past experiences can contribute to our need to remain in our comfort zone. Perhaps we were rejected, overlooked, advised not to pursue a career or hobby due to be deemed as not quite good enough for it. Perhaps we failed the first, second and third time and feel defeated forgetting there is always a fouth, fifth and sixth time.
Over my life I have realised that some people really do find it easy to accomplish what I would deem as hard. The annoying type who pass exams with As and A* or receive 1st class degrees having done little or no revision. Or those who are walking encyclopedias and soak up every little bit of information that comes in their direction. I doubt such people struggle to push out of their comfort zone because they are confident in their abilities to achieve their desired outcome.
What if like me, it takes a while for you to process information in order to make an informed decision or that you have to spend quality time preparing to deliver a presentation/teaching or sit an exam? Do you decide not to take on new challenges or projects for fear of failing or not being on the ball every second of the day?
Once we are honest with who we are and our abilities, we are then able to work with what we currently have whilst developing ourselves . If it means you need to study for two hours a night in preparation for an exam then do so. If you need double the driving lessons than the average person, then book two a week or allow more time to learn. If at work, you need time to reflect and mull over your thoughts on key decisions, promise to provide an update later that day.
Pushing out of our comfort zone should be done with wisdom and an understanding that what works for one does not necessarily work for another. Our personal circumstances dictate to a certain extent just how much leeway we have and it is good to be mindful of this before throwing ourselves out of the frying pan into the fire.
It can be frightening coming out of our comfort zone and resisting the urge to play it safe. The unknown will always feel unfamiliar but we need to become comfortable with being uncomfortable as this is where we grow. This is where we realise we do not need to know it all, who does?