Outside The Castle of Glass-Getting out of your Comfort Zone


comfort zone

The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.
~Khalil Gibran

The thing about comfort is that it keeps everyone safe. It puts this net around them which protects them and keeps the people in it sound and sometimes even happy. We are protected in our won world and feel that everyone in and around it is safe and happy too.

To be comfortable in one’s life is both a boon and a curse.  This imperceptible psychological barrier that we create in our mind and term it as our ‘comfort zone’ is a boundary and a gateway. It’s a double edged sword which if wielded correctly will yield to the purpose that it should perform, and a slight mistake in its use will result in incapacitated injury. Our comfort zone both exhilarates and inhibits us.

Comfort is developed over a period of time. It takes knowledge and awareness about one’s self when it comes to deciding what is ‘comfortable’ to one. Insight into the self and its needs and wants helps greatly in deciding the parameters which will define our comfort level with not only people but with ourselves as well. The key to having confidence in one’s self is to be comfortable with ones’ self. However, for most people, this is not easily achieved and they go through painful periods of self – doubt and low self – esteem.

The protection offered by this pampering comfort enables us to lift our minds of things which otherwise we would have to unnecessarily have to worry about. It gives you the knowledge to know what you are good at and where your strengths lie. It liberates us in our field of work through this knowledge and hence gives us the power to excel in what we are good at. It helps us to settle in a particular frame of mind thereby enabling us to think of what lays ahead rather than pulling our thoughts to the niggling little thoughts at the back of our minds creating a stir in our thoughts which only serve to decrease efficiency in the task at hand. Friends and family play an important part within this zone and are essential in maintaining the balance of calm and peace. Altercations with these important people lead to a disruption within this bubble and gives rise to ‘uncomfortable’ situations of confrontations which you will seek to avoid by evading or manoeuvring out of them. Thus, within this comfort zone, one is happy and all is well with life and surroundings.

What many people do not realise is that this very same comfort zone becomes our excuse for complacency. It makes us toe the line while limiting us to what we think we know best and limiting our desire for experimenting with new things that lie outside of it. That desire to reach out and experience the thrill of something undone is slowly robbed from us in this false bubble of security. It limits our scope for growth and fills our minds with trepidation with thoughts of trying out something different than what we are accustomed to. It steals the opportunity of challenge and variety all the while cowering behind the excuse of ‘comfort’. It will serenade and seduce you to go back to what you know best, and pull you back from reaching out and brushing fingers with the unexplored.

The adrenaline rush, which comes from stepping out of your comfort zone, is a heady feeling. It is a high which one seldom gets to experience. It only enables us to think quickly and react quicker, but at no other point in your life would you feel as alive as you would feel with adrenaline pumping through your veins. That heady feeling of blood rushing in your body and the sound of your heart pumping hard and earnest against your ribs is one of the best in the world. A cocktail of high energy and alert senses makes you acutely aware of your surroundings hence opening you up to new sensations.

However, this is easier said than done, the security of the comfort zone is too inviting than the turbulence of stepping out of it. Through years of carefully charting out things that you feel at home with, it is indeed a scary prospect to think about getting lost in the wilderness that lies outside of it. It takes a lot of strength, courage and willpower to cross the line and taste the exalting freedom that comes with. Slowly and steadily, the mind will open up to new experiences and gradually overcome the inhibitions that plague it. Use your comfort zone as a stepping board. Be assured in the security that comes with it, it is good to know that there is something you can always return to. Use this security to build enough confidence in yourself to try that which may at first not seem entirely inviting but in time will reap its own benefits. Try stepping out of the comfort zone, and be amazed at how big the world really is and the number of perspectives that exist in it will take your breath away. You will find and discover aspects of yourself that you did not even know existed and will only seek to bolster your horizons.

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