The Improvement Artist Team
The 4 Pillars Of The Comfort Zone
What are the 4 pillars of the comfort zone?
The comfort zone can be described as state of mind in which a person operates in a way of anxiety and fear. Life is full of opportunities to step outside the comfort zone, but grabbing a hold of them can be difficult. The thing that holds most people back from achieving great things is their frame of mind rather than any lack of knowledge. It is once you break past the comfort zone and beyond that amazing and unimaginable things can happen, stepping outside of your comfort zone is the only way to find your true potential.
There are 4 main pillars that lead towards the growth zone. Once you successfully master all 4 pillars then you will achieve goals and aspirations that you never thought you were capable of and you be able to live your life to the fullest potential. Each pillar is equally as important on your journey and it will take some time for you to master them. No matter how difficult things may seem, always remember it is just a process and keep the end goal in sight.
1. The Comfort zone
The comfort zone is a state of mind where people feel familiar with their surroundings and way of life. It can limit success, freedom, happiness, and growth. Many people are often reluctant to step out of their comfort zone, but it is the feeling of discomfort and the experiences that come with it, which truly makes you grow. Your comfort zone is almost like an invisible circle of fear that surrounds you and limits your growth as an individual. The moment you step over the line of your invisible circle, the moment that you realise there was nothing there to begin with. Overcoming fear is not easy, often we just ignore it or push it to the back of our minds. However, the fear we ignored eventually returns and limits our ability to move forward. The first step in developing yourself as an individual and leading a life full of success, happiness, and contentment is to escape the comfort zone and move forward into the fear zone.
2. The Fear Zone
Once you enter the fear zone you may find excuses and any reason to quit. You may lack self-confidence and be affected by little things such as others' opinions, resulting in you retreating back to the comfort zone. Many people successfully reach the fear zone but they become phased and uncomfortable and are unable to move forward and progress to the learning zone. In the fear zone, you will have the motivation to act but will be easily brought down by negative comments and failures you make. Learning from your mistakes and failures is one of the most fundamental keys in progressing to the learning zone and beyond. Every failure is a learning process and if you are able to find exactly where things went wrong, try things from a new angle and then learn from your mistakes then you will gain the attributes needed to move forward in your journey.
3. The Learning Zone
After you have successfully passed through the fear zone then you will move to the learning zone. Here you will finally begin to notice progress from all of the hard work, learning and dedication you have been putting in. You now are able to learn how to deal with challenges and problems that come your way more effectively and the opinions of others will no longer phase you like they used to. Here you will start to see positive results and you will soon begin to realise that stepping outside of your comfort zone wasn't so bad after all. You will have now acquired an extensive knowledge and skillset in the field you are mastering, although you are not there yet, you know it is coming and it is just a matter of time. You must not stop and retreat backwards, you must stay focused and always keep your eye on the end goal and always progress forwards.
4. The Growth Zone
Congratulations! you have now reached the growth zone. Here you will start to reap the rewards of all your hard work and dedication throughout your journey. The growth zone is where goals and aspirations begin to become a reality and the unthinkable and unimaginable can happen. You will find yourself reflecting on experiences, challenges, and struggles throughout your journey. Those who discredited or were negative to you along your journey now ask you "how did you do that?" rather than "why are you doing that?". You now are able to live your dreams in full force and do things that you would never have dreamed of before you started on your journey. Even once you have accomplished all of your goals, you must not stop. Creating new goals and always having something to work towards will keep you motivated and always push you forward. Once you have reached the growth zone it may be a good time to consider helping others and offering advice or mentoring those at the beginning of their journey.
Now you understand that your comfort zone is not so bad after all! Remember, it is the feelings of discomfort and the experiences that come with it that truly make you grow as an individual. Your comfort zone is there to protect you from the unknown, without taking a leap of faith you will never get to experience what you are truly capable of. Use fear and failure as motivation and learn from it rather than have it as your enemy.
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