If you have any relationship with personal or spiritual development then you have probably been given fair warning about how unproductive you are in your comfort zone. As humans we are driven from the core by growth, change, and development. We are like bicycles, constantly moving, and if we stand still for too long we fall over. I like to refer to this as feeling “stuck.” I have had a lot of these experiences in my life and they are not pleasant. It’s like something inside of you is dying to come out, but you can’t seem to figure out what it is or where to go. It happened most recently right before I graduated from college, ya know, the quarter life crisis.
“The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty that you can comfortably live with.” Tony Robins
I was finishing school with a degree I cared nothing about and working a small job on the side just to get by. I had no idea what my next step was going to be and I started to feel like life was just passing me by. I had no drive, no tangible goals, and nothing to be passionate about. I have always known I wanted to be successful but I was starting to feel like there was something wrong with me. Like I had some innate disorder in which I had no purpose. Or even worse, that I had a purpose and was too unmotivated to find it.
Trust me, this was not fun. My parents will tell you, many dramatic tears were shed.
That feeling comes when you are not growing. When you are “stuck” in your comfort zone. You are wasted energy and it is a very easy trap to fall in to. We all have to have our own experiences, and I am no expert, but I can tell you what I start to notice when I begin falling into the trap.
The Compound Effect of the Comfort Zone
I start making small, bad, decisions. Essentially, I stop listening to my gut and start taking the easy road. If I do this for long enough then eventually I find myself feeling as though my world collapsed and I have no where to go.
Every action or inaction we take becomes a step forward or a step backwards. Listen to your gut and make the right decisions for yourself. It is hard because these are usually the hardest decisions and actions to take. They are the ones that are the most uncomfortable, but in the end you will find yourself light years ahead of where you thought you would be. If you continue to make the easy, comfortable decisions, then you eventually find yourself falling off your bike. You have to pick one or the other, your choice!
Wishing you all the success you will allow yourselves to have!
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