We all have one!!! Our comfort zone, where we find things easy, know what we are doing really well, so that we are in a zone that is secure and comfortable all the time and you get into a routine that minimises stress and risk.
Many of us think of the “comfort zone” as a relic of ’80s motivational psychology and a tag line on cheesy corporate “reach for success” posters. But in fact, the comfort zone is a useful psychological concept that can help you embrace risk and make changes in your life that can lead to real personal growth.
When we step outside of our comfort zone, we’re taking a risk, and opening ourselves up to the possibility of stress and anxiety; we’re not quite sure what will happen and how we’ll react.
Some people cope with stress easier than others. However, a little bit of healthy stress can actually act as a catalyst for growth and provide a powerful motivation to act.
While staying in your comfort zone can result in consistent, steady performance, stepping out of your comfort zone into a new and challenging task can create the conditions for optimal performance. Think about it: Did you ever do something you were really proud of when you were in autopilot mode?
Here’s why we struggle to step outside our comfort zones — and how we stand to benefit when we do.
We naturally seek out comfort, which is why it’s so hard to let it go. Humans are creatures of comfort. Our comfort zone is our natural, neutral state — a place where stress and anxiety are minimal, where we know what’s coming next and can plan accordingly.
There’s nothing wrong with being in your comfort zone, unless you get too comfortable and start holding yourself back instead of challenging yourself to learn, grow and try new things.
“Being slightly uncomfortable, whether or not by choice, can push us to achieve goals we never thought we could. But you don’t have to do it all the time. There is nothing wrong with a being comfortable too.
Challenging yourself can help you perform at your peak.
Stepping outside one’s comfort zone is an important, and almost universal, factor in personal growth. How can we expect to evolve in our lives and careers if we only stick to habit and routine? Reaching new heights involves the risk of attempting something we might not succeed at.
A little anxiety can help us perform at our peak, when we challenge ourselves, we tend to rise to the occasion.
Taking risks is what helps us grow.
As children, we’re more natural risk-takers. But as we get older and learn to fear failure, we start holding ourselves back and attempting fewer new things.
This comes at a high cost to our tremendous potential for lifelong growth and transformation.
Stepping out of your comfort zone even once makes it easier and more likely that you’ll do it again.
Embracing new challenges can help you age better.
Our comfort zones tend to shrink as we get older — but if we can keep expanding them, we’ll open ourselves up to greater fulfillment and improved well-being as we age.
So, with that said, we have the Mini Tournament coming up on the 17th November and it would be great to see as many children and adults entering as possible. karate has Kata, creative kata and point stop sparring and Kickboxing has sparring and drills. What are you waiting for!!!! get your names down and push yourselves to do something new. We also have our CIT discovery afternoon on Saturday 16th November. Again, step out of your comfort zone, come down to the free session to find out what it’s like / what it takes to become an instructor.
Last week was Halloween week and it was brilliant to see all the costumes and have fun with all the kids. We hope you had a great time. We also had our Ladies Night on Saturday…. what a great night that was with so much fun and laughter.
Coming up, other than the Tournament and CIT day, we have our Children in Need kicking challenge next week (from the 11th) along with our Anti Bullying week also running on the 11th – wear odd socks on your hands to support the national campaign, Black Friday pre-sale is on the 21st November (10am – 7pm) Black Belts are the weekend of the 23rd and 24th November. Later into December we have gredings, the end of Year party at HQ and the kids xmas disco here.
Look forward to seeing you all in lessons this week.