Why do so many of us spend our whole lives in our comfort zone? Why, when we know that we are worth so much more, do we settle for so much less?
Is it because we genuinely believe that we deserve so little? I doubt it. It’s more likely that we are afraid. Maybe we are afraid of failure, maybe we are afraid of success, or maybe we are just afraid of the uncertainty of risk taking. Maybe we are afraid of losing who we are in the fray. Maybe we are afraid of finding who we are. And maybe we’re thinking too much…
Who knows? Not me. But I do know that I am not willing to let my life pass me by without finding out how much I can take.
The comfort zone is nice, don’t get me wrong. It’s really nice. Relaxing, personal and stress-free. It would be a great place to spend my last moments on earth, but a dreadful place to spend my best years.
I don’t want to waste the energy I have as a young man for fear of being uncomfortable. Because I know that when I get old enough to realize that I should’ve taken risks when I had the chance, I won’t have the time or energy to do so and the regret I would feel terrifies me more than any uncomfortable situation I can imagine.
We have to be able to imagine what it would be like in the future. How would we feel 30 or 40 or 50 years from now if we didn’t take any risks because we wanted to preserve our comfort? Really think about how that would make you feel.
I’m not going to live in the comfort zone. It’s not a valuable place to spend your time. I feel like your passion and your drive can atrophy if you spend all your time in the comfort zone. You have to exercise your spirit.
If you’re willing to sacrifice your comfort now, and work towards something meaningful, you can build a comfortable life for yourself, one which you’re satisfied with. We can stay in our comfort zones if we want, but we all know that we won’t be satisfied with ourselves. It’s when we work for the comfortable life that we want that we can find comfort and satisfaction, and not feel guilty about enjoying it.