There are a million gazillion images on the internet about comfort zones and getting outside of them. After all, that’s where the magic happens, right?
Finding The Comfort Zone Sweet Spot
To a certain degree, I think the catch-phrase worthy phrases are true. Some things do get a better outcome if you get outside of your comfort zone. But where catch phrases fall short are in the nuance.
On my recent 6 day weekend, I took pushing my comfort zone too far. I tried to stay home and do nothing far more than was a good balance for me. In fact, it made me feel frustrated to the point where I almost wished I hadn’t taken extra days off of work. Yep, I wished (for some moments, not all) that I had a shorter long weekend. That does not sound like me.
Spending downtime wishing for work was a sign I had pushed too far. There was nothing to gain from going that far out of my comfort zone.
Instead, I found the sweet spot of having a slow morning, going out in the late morning, and while I was still “doing nothing”, I was avoiding the feelings of frustration I felt while pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone. It still achieved my goals of giving me actual downtime but it stopped me from wishing I didn’t have downtime.
Going beyond your comfort zone isn’t bad. At all. But you need to know what you are trying to achieve by going beyond it to know how far beyond it to go. Like many things, it’s not a black and white thing, there are massive areas of grey to consider.
Do you believe in being outside of your comfort zone? Have you found how far outside of it is your sweet spot?