Overcoming The Dangerous Comfort Zone Trap
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Overcoming The Dangerous Comfort Zone Trap

It is hard to deny, being an employee can be comfortable. An employee can depend on being paid regularly, if not necessarily as well as they might like. Employees can generally count on the type of work they will do each day.

They can also count on when they will be going home, and the fact that they will not have to worry about business once they get there. In fact, there is so much that is stable about being an employee that many people are completely happy in this very comfortable environment. It sounds like the type of life that many people would be happy with and that they aspire to.

For this reason it is often called the comfort zone.

The comfort zone is the zone where we may be comfortable but we are not necessarily growing. We also may not have achieved the types of goals that we set out for when we were younger, or when we felt as though we had a lot to contribute to the world and perhaps could make a much better living, or enjoy a more exciting version of life than we currently are living as an employee.

For many employees, the comfort zone is really not all that comfortable. The comfort zone represents a risk not taken, aspirations not fulfilled, and a life that they do not consider to be fully maximized. For this reason we're tackling one of the big topics in self-help, that is overcoming our current comfortable situation, if we have one.

To understand what the comfort zone looks like in everyday life is very simple. Imagine you see an attractive man or woman, depending on your preference, and decide that you would like to meet them. However, you are too nervous to just go up and introduce yourself and tell them you find them attractive, that you would like to get to know them or perhaps go out to dinner together.

That feeling of not having the guts to go up to the person that you are interested in, is the feeling of wanting to stay in your comfort zone.

For people who are accustomed to pushing themselves beyond their comfort zone, they would immediately go up to that person that they considered attractive, and introduce themselves.

The entire interaction may turn out to be a disaster. However, that is not the most important thing to the person who is pushing themselves beyond their comfort zone. The most important thing, is to push oneself beyond what their lower self is holding them back from.

A famous Russian psychologist named Lev Vygotsky, found that there was a zone of "proximal development" that allowed people to grow and to learn and to maximize their potential. The concept is that in order to maximize our development and to improve ourselves and to reach our peak performance, we have to step out of the things that we can do easily and move towards the things that are more challenging for us and that require us to ask for assistance and to learn new skills.

Asking for help allows us to achieve particular objectives, learn new skills, and reach our goals. It means going beyond where we are comfortable.

While it is easy to talk about pushing ourselves outside of the comfort zone, it is much more difficult to do it in real life. As anyone who has decided that they would like to meet somebody soon finds out, our feet grow concrete around them and we sit there wishing we had the guts to make the move but we often do not.

Once you get over the fear of leaving your comfort zone, and start taking steps towards what you were once afraid of you will be on your way to a much better life, full of more opportunities and experiences than you ever imagined possible.


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Nice article, thanks for sharing! I like the term 'comfort zone' in relation to being an employee. I'm not sure I've heard of that one before... Kind of along the same thing, you might enjoy this article I wrote a while back called Nice article, thanks for sharing! I like the term 'comfort zone' in relation to being an employee. I'm not sure I've heard of that one before... Kind of along the same thing, you might enjoy this article I wrote a while back called - Twenty and Traveling: Is This You?

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