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Leaving the Comfort Zone

Mark RussellThe “Comfort Zone” is a warm and homely place, full of all of the things that keep you content and at ease. Everyone’s zone is different; some surround themselves with large groups of friends and family, while some choose to go it alone. Others will go out shopping or socialising, and then there are those that prefer to stay at home with a glass of wine and a movie.

The “Comfort Zone” (CZ) is the term we give to the routines of our work and social lives that don’t change. We become comfortable with the same day-to-day situations. They feel safe and offer us very little stress; nothing within the CZ challenges this safety and nothing alien will appear there. Our CZs are the parts of our lives where we experience most of our love and happiness because we keep our families and friends close. This is a wonderful thing and therefore, not leaving your CZ is perfectly fine.

However, speaking from my own experience, leaving my CZ was the most personally rewarding thing I have done. People that meet me know I’m a shy and reserved person. My friends and family might not think so, but they are in my CZ, I know them, they know me. I’m safe in their company and I can be myself.
A few years ago I was at a stage of my life where I was doing the same things, week-in week-out. I was living at home with my mother and two cats and going to the same places to meet my mates. Nothing new ever came along and I realised one day I was bored. I had stayed in my CZ for too long and I mistook the feeling of boredom as comfort.

Leaving comfort zoneNow, I live on the other side of the World in one of the most interesting cities in the world where I don’t speak the language and I stand up in front of rooms full of adults and teach them English. A situation, 2 years ago, I would have been terrified of.
For a naturally shy person, leaving my CZ was very hard. I still miss my family and friends in England and Wales massively. It’s a stressful and scary process, but taking each challenge one step at a time, has rewarded me with more confidence, a fascinating new group of friends and a job that I love doing.
It’s the most fun I have had since being a kid. I would highly recommend taking a step outside your normal daily routines. Try something new. Leave that CZ.

Go on….what are you waiting for….?

Leaving the Comfort Zone
by Mark Russell
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