Discomfort Zone

Comfort zones are only supposed to be half-way houses

It’s probably unusual to quote yourself, but this one has stuck with me. I’ve learned a lot about myself, particularly over the last year or so, and this resonates with me so deeply now that it’s like the marrow in my bones. Comfort can be good. Comfort is necessary but can also be restrictive and can lead to discomfort – and not in a good way. There’s a good discomfort? That makes no sense. Or does it?

Ever heard the fable about the boiling frog? The story goes that if a frog is thrown into boiling water it will jump out immediately, but if the frog is placed in tepid water which is slowly brought to the boil, it will not perceive the danger. It would most likely enjoy the warmth (comfort) until it is too late and it will be boiled alive. I hope nobody has actually tested this theory on frogs but the moral of the story makes perfect sense – being too comfortable can get you in the end.

Think of comfort as home. The comfort zone is a place to retreat to when you’ve stretched too far and the discomfort becomes too much, and that’s ok. But, stay there permanently at your peril. Discomfort is necessary for growth. You have to strive to thrive. Yep, I can keep the cheese coming. Push out of the comfort zone, jump out of the boiling pot. Don’t be stuck at home, in your comfort zone, like a hermit crab never venturing far. Spring free little frog, spring free.

                               Photo courtesy of Pam via Flickr


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