We are always hearing that we need to ‘step out of our comfort zones.’ My question is, WHY? I do believe in stretching myself, but I think that comfort zones exist for a reason.
I know that some may think, ‘if we don’t step out of our comfort zones, then nothing gets changed,’ but that is not what I’m saying. Of course we need to build awareness and work hard to help those in need to promote change, but can’t we do that within our comfort zones?
I do my best when I am working within my comfort zone. Is it always easy? No!, but it is where I do my best work. We all have such diverse gifts, when we discover and use our gifts, we do our best work. And, thankfully, there are others who compliment us with their gifts.
Sounds a bit cryptic? Let me clarify…..I was at a meeting yesterday with a room filled with great thinkers. My ego kept telling me that I should contribute to the conversation, but nothing brilliant was popping into my head. After I stopped stressing about what I could add to the conversation, I began to realize that this group were the theoretical dreamers and I was a make-it-happen doer.
My comfort zone is where I do my best work, it is where my gifts are realized and utilized. It’s ok to work in my comfort zone……stop with the pressure!
I agree there are times we should stay in our comfort zones. I too have been in situations where I feel I should contribute only to ask myself “Why?” If nothing great is coming to mind it is best to listen and work with the wonderful ideas others have come up with. If you are interested I would love to have you fill out a survey I am conducting on Confidence. You can see it here… https://melaniefellmanwrites.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/a-survey/