Where are you comfortable? Have you built up a routine that you don’t deviate from? Do you ever get the feeling that your feeling of comfort comes at a cost? It does. The comfort that you once sought, and have now obtained, could be the main reason you are not as far along as you’d hope for.
Most articles begin with an assumed problem to solve, which is a bit presumptuous, but this concept is fairly immune from being too presumptuous because it is so ubiquitous. So many of us have given in to some routine comforts that we would now have a struggle giving up. This is not so much about comforts like air-conditioning in the summer, but is more about those such as eating extra every day to forget about problems, or almost needing a certain new episode of a show on TV to make up for another uneventful day.
This also includes having a social comfort zone, where you resort to spending time with people who don’t empower you much, and who you mainly just stick around to not feel lonely, or something of that nature. This type of comfort zone is a crutch that has no long-term value. The things that are a struggle to you now are things you won’t regret later, while the things that you do for temporary comfort today are the things that you will be disappointed about later.
Why Is Your Comfort Zone Unproductive?
Your comfort zone is unproductive because you feel less risk in it. It shields you from reality in some regards. Your comfort zone might involve being with certain races of people or certain language-speaking people you prefer over others, but those other races of people are still all over the place. Therefore, staying in that comfort zone makes you start to fear interactions with those outside of it, which leads to reduced self-esteem due to worry of public relations with the “other people”, leading to less drive toward your goals.
Any sort of comfort zone based on a weakness or general desire to postpone adaptation is one that makes your goals harder to achieve. You have numerous daily opportunities to go outside of this zone, and all you need to do is take a couple of them every so often. This will keep you from building up aversion to one risk or another. A comfort zone you are in for a day is not a problem, but one you are in for half a year could be having drastic effects on your productivity.