Are you stuck in a rut? Same old day after day? If you have lived it once, you live it again? I used to feel this way. Being in your comfort zone isn’t a bad thing. But if you have a hard time leaving that comfort zone, you will limit your growth and may not be able to move out of it when advantageous. Moving outside of your comfort zone isn’t always necessary, but sometimes it can allow you to take advantage of new opportunities. Sometimes it can be hard to tell when you are just resting in your comfort zone and when you are stuck there. Here are 5 signs that you might be stuck:
If opportunities for career advancement keep passing you by, it could mean that you are stuck in your comfort zone.
Being comfortable in your career can be a nice feeling, but it is also natural to want to move up in your career path. Unless you’re working at your dream job, chances are your current position was meant to be a stepping stone to something greater. If that’s the case, and you have lost sight of that goal, it could be because you became complacent and stopped testing the limits of your comfort zone.
It is normal to have some kind of a routine, but if yours is identical from week to week or day to day and deviating from that routine unsettles you, it could be that you have created your routines in order to avoid leaving your comfort zone.
The good news is that gradually deviating from a routine can be a good way to work on expanding your comfort zone.
If the threat to your comfort zone is so great, that you avoid meeting new people to save it, you are likely to become increasingly entrenched in your comfort zone and more likely to continue to pass up opportunities to meet new people and try new things.
This can severely limit your opportunities in the future. When it comes to personal growth, relationships and new adventures are important. Even if you don’t have a job, you likely need to interact with healthcare providers, service providers, and other people from time to time.
Everyone has activities that can make them uncomfortable, that they know that they would never try. For most people, however, these are dangerous activities that they are unlikely to ever need to do, like skydiving or bungie jumping.
Once upon a time, I couldn’t talk on the phone or drive on a highway. These things terrified me. But I stretched my boundaries in order to change the diameter of my comfort zone so I could be, do and have more in life. Otherwise I would not be where I am today.
For some people, staying within their comfort zone becomes so important that they are reluctant to leave their homes.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying being in your home and spending time there, but if it’s difficult for you to leave your home because you are easily shaken by new or awkward experiences, you should consider expanding your comfort zone.
Consider talking to a therapist to uncover why you avoid leaving your comfort zone. If you can overcome it, you will open up your life to so many more opportunities for love, joy, and excitement. Give yourself permission to live today!
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