Roy T. Bennett is a thought leader and a positive thinker who loves sharing positive thoughts and creative insights. He inspires people to live up to their own potential of personal growth. This quote is taken from his book, “The Light in the Heart”.
It is a well known fact that unless people venture out of their Comfort Zones, they cannot grow. Our personal growth is just like a muscle, which unless put to work will not grow. If someone wants to avoid risk and enjoy the safety and comfort of his life, it can be said with utmost certainty that there will be no development in his personality.
The quote by John A. Shedd, “Ships are safest in the harbor, but that is not why they were built”, sums it up beautifully.
Unless you are willing to venture out and take risks, your personal growth will not take place.
What is a Comfort Zone?
The dictionary defines a Comfort Zone as a situation in which you feel safe and comfortable; and you do not have to do anything new or difficult. In our day to day life, or in work life, it is a settled method of working that requires little effort and yields only barely acceptable results. It is a psychological state in which things and environment are familiar to a person and they are comfortable, at ease and in control of their environment. In this zone, only a fixed or a low and steady level of performance is possible. To accomplish great things you have to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself.
In fact, according to the author Roy T. Bennett himself; “Change begins at the end of your Comfort Zone.”
Why Staying within the Comfort Zone is Bad?
It is fact that if you keep doing the same thing, you will get the same result. Your life will be stagnant without any personal growth. Unless you embark on something adventurous or ambitious, you cannot expect to achieve anything extra-ordinary. How do you know what your true potential is and how much you can achieve? If you always do what is easy and choose the path of least resistance, you will never step outside your Comfort Zone.
How to Come Out of Your Comfort Zone?
It is not easy to come out of your Comfort Zone. Human beings aspire for safety and security in their life. In fact, this is the reason that in the ‘Hierarchy of Needs’, “Safety Needs” are the first needs that a person hopes to fulfill. This human instinct and tendency is a very durable trait, and needs quite an effort to overcome. That is why the most useful advice is to “burn your bridges”, which means to commit oneself and there is no turning back. The concept goes back to the ancient days when Roman armies crossed a river to invade a new country or territory, the generals leading the army would order the bridges to be burned, in order to ensure that their troops will have no way left to retreat.
Comfort Zone actually limits the opportunities and our abilities to achieve greater extraordinary success. It prevents us from exploring and stretching ourselves, and totally restricts or limits our personal growth. If you choose to stay within your comfort zone, you will never do the things that you need to do in order to succeed. Coming out of your comfort zone may be tough initially, but you will get awesome results finally.
Written By: Priya Singh