The sooner you step away from your comfort zone, you’ll realize that it really wasn’t all that comfortable.
- Eddie Harris, Jr.
As uncomfortable as breaking out of our comfort zones may be, the benefits of doing so are undeniable. The fear of the familiar can be quite formidable, but it can be surmounted through strategic and intentional methods. Over the last two weeks we have discussed the benefits and strategies of breaking out of our comfort zones via an article that I shared from LifeHacker.com by Alan Henry entitled The Science of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Why You Should). We will conclude our discussion this week through the final portion of the article that concerns itself with utilizing balance in breaking out of our comfort zones and making it a habit to stretch ourselves. As I’ve indicated throughout the time that I’ve shared from this article, I believe that it practically addresses the issue of stretching ourselves and will challenge us in a practical way.
Dr. Craig L. Oliver, Sr. #ebcBETTER
Why It's Important to Return to Your Comfort Zone from Time to Time
You can't live outside of your comfort zone all the time. You need to come back from time to time to process your experiences. The last thing you want is for the new and interesting to quickly become commonplace and boring. This phenomenon, called hedonistic adaptation, is the natural tendency to be impressed by new things only to have the incredible become ordinary after a short time. It's why we can have access to the greatest repository of human knowledge ever created (the internet) at our fingertips (on our smartphones) and still get so bored that all we think of is how quickly we can get newer, faster access. In one way it drives us forward, but in another it keeps us from appreciating the subtle and the everyday. Here are some ways to break out (and by proxy, expand) your comfort zone without going too far: