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How the concept of a Comfort Zone is killing your progress

Updated: Jan 4

"What am I willing to experience to get what I want?" - is one of the most powerful questions that you can ask yourself.

If you think about what you want to get done & then try to work out what you can do within or 'just outside of your comfort zone' you're focusing on the wrong part of the equation & you're making more work for yourself in the long run.

This type of thinking focuses on what will & won't be comfortable and makes it's so easy to back out of something you think would be deeply fulfilling or worthwhile. And why? Because it might be uncomfortable.

How ridiculous.

Infographic of "You'd get a lot more done if you started thinking about your comfort zone as a zone of willingness"

Instead, ask "What am I willing to experience to get what I want?"

By asking this we focus on where we want to get to and we anticipate some of the potential discomfort, which prepares us to face it.

When you have a "Why" you can bear almost any "How".

Climbing a mountain is uncomfortable, working out is uncomfortable, going out on a limb to ask for a date is uncomfortable.

We're willing to experience the effort of climbing to see the view from the top. We're willing to expend sweat to stay healthy & energetic. We're willing to risk rejection for the potential of meeting a life partner.

Most worthwhile things probably involve some level of discomfort, but it's easy to endure if we understand what it will get us.

Nothing is quite as comforting as becoming the kind of person you want to be and creating the life that you want. Discomfort is inevitable, so you might as well face it while getting to where you want.

Life is finite, don't waste countless hours and days dancing around the edges of the problem in the hope of it magically drifting inside of your comfort zone.

Where do you want to go, and what are you willing to tolerate to get there?


Thank you for taking the time to read and for investing in better thinking.

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Until then, Onward & upward, Jake

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