We have all heard the expression “getting stuck in your comfort zone”. I wonder how many people really think about what this term means?
When people say they are stuck in their comfort zone, they will usually shrug, or give a rueful smile. In most cases, they know they are not really pushing themselves forward in life. But their comfort zone feels safe, and they don’t know what else they can do.
However, getting “stuck in your comfort zone” can be a very damaging place to be, particularly when it comes to our work and our relationships.
If we never take risks, try anything new, or even stand up for something we know isn’t right, it can be easy for our confidence to start slipping away. Eventually, we believe that we are not worthy of anything better, and we begin to lose part of ourselves.
I spent some time decluttering my home recently when I came across some old payslips from a former job. Not only was the act of decluttering a wonderfully cleansing release, but those payslips reminded me of the corporate life I once lived. I had been stuck in my own comfort zone, sleepwalking through my days without really understanding the person I was or what I needed to be happy.
It can be hard to admit that you are bored or unhappy, particularly if the work you do helps other people, or you have been doing it for a long time. However, we are employed, I believe that we must stay mindful to do our very best, most fulfilling work.
This means we must abandon our comfort zone, and instead, start working in our conscious zone.
You can create your conscious zone by asking yourself some simple questions. For instance, are your personal values reflected in the work you do, or have they changed? Are your own values in harmony with those of the company you work for? Are you that amazingly resourceful person who always comes through for everybody else, leaving yourself far behind in the process?
The answers you give to these questions will help you find your conscious zone. You will become mindful of what you do and why you do it, and this clarity will, in turn, will help you discover the right solutions.
A friendly conversation with me will help you discover your own conscious zone. So, if you have had enough of sleepwalking through your days as I once did, why not get in touch?