What’s So Bad About Being Comfortable?

Woman on comfortable couch

There are many great, motivating sayings about your comfort zone.

And lots of instruction on how to get out of your comfortable zone.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • “Everything you want is just outside of your comfort zone.” Robert Allen
  • “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” Brian Tracy
  • “If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.” Les Brown

Very motivating.

But, sometimes I wonder – what’s so bad about being comfortable?

And staying comfortable?

About relaxing.

Not pushing yourself.

Kicking back.

Here’s the thing:

We all have a zone of comfort.

It’s where we are secure.

Safe.

Not threatened.

The only way to be in this zone is to stay where you are.

And to stay how you are.

What’s wrong with that?

Let’s say you absolutely love your life.

Every aspect.

Your relationships.

Your work.

Your health. And your body.

Why change things? Why push it?

Well, you know how we all have that fantasy about lying on the beach of some beautiful island, doing nothing, forever?

It sounds pretty appealing when you’re stressed and overwhelmed with your everyday life.

But after about a month of beach life, you’d be lined up somewhere looking for a boarding pass back home.

Why?

Because the truth is, although a totally stress-free life sounds good, we human types actually thrive on solving problems.

It makes us happy to reach and achieve.

To bump into a dilemma and come out the other side.

And to work through a crisis and feel stronger.

The trick is to balance the stress with comfort, and the inevitable pain of life with pleasure.

If we stay in that mellow, cozy comfort zone we’re so good at creating, we get stale.

We wither.

Our juices stop flowing.

Picture a big, soft, overstuffed couch with you, curled up in a corner, surrounded by pillows.

Heaven, right?

For a while, yes.

But the longer you’re planted in the comfy couch, the harder it is to get up and get out of it.

And the more painful it is when life forces you to get out of it.

So, does this mean we never get to relax and just stay where we are?

No. Relaxing is good.

Awareness and appreciation of where we are and what we have is really good.

But to live our best life, we need to balance the comfy couch with a push, a leap, or a jaunt into the new and uncomfortable.

Because from what I’ve seen, the new comfy couch just outside your comfort zone is really cool.

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