Comfort Is The Enemy Of Progress – Are You Pushing Your Limits?

Comfort as the term suggests is a place where one feels safe or at ease, and that comfortableness may become an enemy of your progress. The question is: are you pushing your limits?

Often most, change is associated with pain and self-doubt. It is not only reflected in common people but also the great lives that walked through the planet had their own insecurities and weaknesses. 

Take an example:

Mahatma Gandhi and Thomas Jefferson are the two well-known examples who faced Glossophobia in their earlier years. Later, they transform their weaknesses into strengths by mastering the art of public speaking and spreading their virtuous thoughts and ideas throughout the world.

Had they been stuck on their comfort, the world would have never known of the progress made by them.

A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there.Click to Tweet

Imagine an instance of skydiving where we are being transited from a high point to earth with the aid of gravity, involving the control of speed in an open sky, but for our fearful mind, it is only to breathe and breathe like never before.

Moments later, the altitude changes with a descent towards the ground with an attempt to open the parachute, and as it opens, you begin to start enjoying the view.

In life also, it’s after a great struggle comes the moment of peace and fulfillment.

The same way the carbon is squeezed and heated under intense pressure and temperature before it transforms into a sparkling diamond.

As Rocky Balbo speech goes, “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward.”

Beating Comfort Zone And Making Progress

The definition of progress changes from person to person. For some, it may be a path leading to a financial outcome; and for some, it may be to have an educational qualification from a recognized institution to achieve stability.

Once an individual is aware of his goal, s/he can make his way towards success by overcoming obstacles.

Change Is Crucial

Change can be an uphill battle. Getting out of the comfort zone is hard because human beings are resistant to worst-case scenarios. That’s why some people don’t try at all.

The thought process carries over to predicting outcomes that seem fruitful from a distance, later on, becomes difficult once the brain understands the amount of hard work it requires to complete the job.

For a while, being comforted is fine but getting used to it is a big mistake that one could regret later.Click to Tweet

Be Honest With Yourself

Be true to yourself even when nobody is watching. If you are afraid of letting go of comfort, accept it. By confronting, you would be in a better position than people who don’t know about themselves.

Such awareness of one’s own weakness may increase the chances of getting up and moving forward.

Practice

Start facing your fears. Make it a habit to reach a point where it becomes less uncomfortable for you. After all, being less comfortable is far better than being completely uncomfortable.

If public speaking discomforts you, try to meet more and more people and be expressive without the fear of being judged.

Let yourself open by attending more and more public speaking and open mic sessions.

It may help you admire others and gives you the opportunity to learn about how they beat their own fears and how you can do the same.

Take Advantage Of Every Discomforting Moment

Growth Opportunity

Moments of discomfort can prove to be an invitation for you to grow and explore.

For example, think of ancient India consisting of only rural civilization. It would not be wrong to say that someone might have taken the initiative to come out of their comfort zone to build a more structured and well-planned civilization that we call ‘urban civilization’ today and are availing the benefit of.

SWOT Analysis

The responses made to a situation of discomfort helps one to learn more about their strengths and weaknesses in a given Opportunity or Treat. It proves to be an added advantage to take future decisions.

Boosting Self Confidence 

Self Confidence acts as a driving force to transform the impossible into possible. Adapting the change by stepping out of comfort develops a level of confidence that keeps on adding up with the adaptation of further changes, leading to progress gradually.

Concluding

Train your mind to keep pushing beyond limits. Embrace the change. Over a period of time, you will build a habit of not getting fooled by the laziness that your comfort zone offers, and every time you are willing to fly to a new zone, you explore more and more that the world has to offer.

How did you struggle with coping with your comfort zone? What steps did you take to maximize your potential? Or are you still procrastinating and putting things off for sometimes later?  Share with me in the comments below.

4 thoughts on “ Comfort Is The Enemy Of Progress – Are You Pushing Your Limits?”

  1. I was in a comfort for some of my precious years though i thought i was working hard and still getting no results, later i realized that i was at my home which is also a comfort so i decided to leave my comfort, now the progress is slow but still i know which way i am heading and it will definitely grow me as a self made successful person

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  2. Wonderfully put as usual.
    I got a posting to Punjab in 2001 and the initial days were pushing my limits so much that I yearned for the comfort times.Ditto when I moved to Bombay.
    Likewise when I got what is the toughest assignment in my line of work I regretted and hated it for months.
    But all these made a man out of me.

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