What zone is the ‘comfort zone’? This expression is used constantly. So what is it? Where is it?
Is what you do on a daily basis within your comfort zone? Most of us work there and exist there, since it is comfortable there! We live in our comfort zone most of the time.
But what about times you try to stretch yourself either in business or personally? What new ventures have you attempted that you were unsure of? Were you out of your comfort zone? How did that feel? How long did it take you to jump back to the comfort of the comfort zone?
For most of us, we probably don’t go around thinking about being in a comfort zone or trying new things to get out of there. However, perhaps when an opportunity presents itself, it is obvious that you have taken that leap to push yourself to move beyond the comfort zone.
Recently, a situation presented itself for me to stretch and move beyond my comfort zone. As I reflected on it after the fact, it occurred to me that I could have thought of this activity as something that would be on someone’s bucket list. This was not on mine. Actually, I have not created a bucket list.
This activity was clearly something that pushed me beyond my comfort zone. After I had successfully navigated my way through it I felt great. I was pleased that I had made the decision to do it.
Perhaps, if you have read this far, you may be wondering what exactly I did… For someone who is out of her comfort zone in the very deep water of a huge lake, I accepted to be on the tube that was being pulled behind the boat (aka tubing). O.K. Here is the rest of the story… The other person who rode with me (Jim’s son-in-law), assured that he was certified as a lifeguard (at some point in his life) and of course we were wearing vests! Oh, also this was a pontoon, not a speed boat like we had the next day… I opted out of that gig!
How about you? What have you done out of your comfort zone?