In The Zone: The Comfort Zone

In the Zone: The Comfort ZoneToday I want to talk with you just a little bit about when being comfortable may be holding you back from being really successful.  Now it’s perfectly natural for us, as mompreneurs—women who have essentially signed up for two full time plus overtime occupations—to naturally gravitate toward what’s easiest for us.  It’s a way of managing all that’s on our plates, keeping our heads above water, normalizing, maintaining.  And sometimes what’s easiest is also smartest, because let’s face it—when you’re CEO (Chief Everything Officer) of your business and household, the “work smarter, not harder” principle is definitely worth considering!  But there are times that comfort and ease and “normal” (whatever that is!) can work against what we really desire out of life, and we need to be on the look out for ways we let our comfort take precedence over our greater vision.

 

Here are some common ways we get stuck in that comfort zone.  Think about which of these may be true for you:

 

1.  Your habits aren’t serving you.  Okay, moms—admit it—we ALL know what this looks like.  We’ve committed to allowing the children a certain amount of time in front of the TV.  But we’ve had some deadlines we’ve had to make on a project for work… and if we can just eek out a little bit more time from the afternoon… and it’s just this one time… And before we know it, the kids have developed an affinity for the couch and they’re whining and fighting and we really aren’t getting anything done now anyway.  And we do the same thing in business, don’t we?  Little slips can become big problems over time.

 

2.  You want to grow.  Doing what you’ve always done in the way you’ve always done it is not going to work when it comes to personal or business growth.  It will keep you where you are rather than helping you get to where you want to go.  Normal and safe and comfortable is not what you’re shooting for when you want to grow because growing means moving outside those boundaries that currently exist for you.

 

3.  You’re setting goals.  Any time you vow to move toward something new or different (as is the case with a goal), you are, by definition, leaving your comfort zone.  You have to push past what’s familiar in order to get to that goal.  And since goals are set to align with our values and priorities, the temporary discomfort associated with charting new territory is well worth the effort.

 

These are just a few of the ways that being comfortable keeps us from being successful.  Identifying these areas of weakness can help us to head them off at the pass, as we continue to press outward on those boundaries, toward the greater prize.

 

I love to hear from you, so leave me a comment! 

Do you struggle with wanting to stay in your comfort zone?

In what ways is staying comfortable holding you back? 

 

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2 comments

  1. Thank you for quantifying this phenomenon. It’s so easy to slip into old habits and avoid doing the real work that needs getting done when you’re a stay-at-home-dad or mom! I definitely need to prod myself often to get back to work, stick to the posted schedule, attack the monster projects, etc.

  2. Chris,

    We all have our habits! And if you notice it, then you have the opportunity to change it. An accountability partner can help when you have to make a big shift. Thanks for the comment 🙂