Why comfort hinders self-development
Most of us, whether they know it or not, live inside a self-built prison. The walls and bars of this prison are not visible; however, this jail takes us just as much freedom as a real prison cell.
The prison is called comfort.
We find comfort zones in many different ways in different areas of our lives. They can be in the environment in which we live, in the circle of people with whom we have contacts, or in the amount of money we earn.
The primary force that prevents you from moving outside the comfort zone is the fear of what might happen if you leave this zone.
No matter how ridiculous or unrealistic this fear may be, you will accept it as true, depending on the degree of sense of security that you feel.
Your comfort zone is actually not really comfortable, but in fact a virtual prison that keeps you from developing and growing as a human being.
The bars of this prison are your fears of what could possibly happen if you move beyond it.
The key to freedom, therefore, lies in eliminating the underlying beliefs that cause the existence of fears.
Think for a moment about a goal or a dream that you would like to realize, but that seems somehow unreachable to you.
Then check to see if accomplishing this requires heading out of your comfort zone into unfamiliar territory.
It could be a dream job, a new relationship, your own business, a diet to lose weight, or a desire to live somewhere else in the world.
As you grasp these thoughts, a subtle sense of anxiety and nervousness begins to spread throughout your chest and stomach area.
The cause is in your subconscious, it works to keep you from doing something that could endanger you.
Most of the time, we do not notice the continuing impact of comfort on our lives, so it may be that we put the blame for lack of progress in achieving our goals on drivelessness and procrastination on our part.
However, if you go into it and check carefully why you can not achieve this or that, you will not find it difficult to find the true cause. You will then find that your target can only be reached outside of your comfort zone.
It is the fears created by our thinking that restrict us and keep us from going our true path.
These fears hinder our self-development.
Only when we break these self-imposed restrictions, we have the opportunity to unfold and live our true potential.