The concept of zone of comfort in itself may assume a positive connotation but it most often refers to a limiting condition:
In this second case, according to the self-empowerment approach, such a stalemate, caused by remaining within one’s comfort zone, acts as a brake, hindering experimentation and the achievement of new knowledge, behaviors, and skills – especially when such mechanism is unconscious.
In particular, we would like to outline two areas of implication:
So, what should we do about it? One way might be that of getting in touch with some long-forgotten desires so as not to uniquely satisfy our everyday needs (actually, you try to find a balance between stability and change, in which, however, stability prevails).
Another way might be that of breaking some daily habits that, although reassuring, only contribute to iterating the already known, while constantly marking the same path.
Surely enough, every step taken out of our comfort zone and every challenge to our habits require extra energies and an added dose of courage and determination. Not trying to get out of one’s comfort zone might already be an indicator that such mechanism is in action. At what cost? Definitely at the price of limiting our experience while, at the same time, of not experimenting some skills or qualities that remain hidden to both ourselves and others.