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I struggle with leaving my comfort zone. That’s that comfy feeling of being safe and doing what you already know how to do, it’s easy, effortless and… mostly riskless. And that is normal! You can call it “human” or “instinctual” or your “lizard brain”, “lower level You”, you name it. It wants to keep you there.
I think the comfort zone is a concept I internalized through a book about leadership and project management that I got gifted years ago. 1 Today the comfort zone concept is more important than ever for me as it is one of those things that keeps me from going all in with Vhite Rabbit and working on that “full time” 2.
I actually train 3 leaving my comfort zone: since two years I have been going for a quick swim every other day (one of the advantages of living close to a lake), starting as early as April when the water is super refreshing still. Out of interest I did a “Vegan Week” once to restrict ingredients I was used to, forcing myself to try new ones. The networking code and infrastructure for WebVR Pong put me outside of my comfort zone.
But guess what. All these attempts lead to my comfort zone expanding, making me comfortable with more types of tasks. Enriching my diet with new ingredients, or cutting out bad ones—improving my physical and mental health.
Did you know very cold (or warm) water lets your body release hormones that improve your mood? 4
I believe that making it a regular excercise to force yourself out of your comfort zone is highly beneficial to personal development.
- “Soft Skills für IT Führungskräfte und Projektleiter” (Yes, it’s German…)
- My concept of full time is probably a little different than the generally accepted 40 hours work week.
- Similar to training willpower, see What I’ve Learned’s video video about that.
- Disclaimer: this is a bold claim as I don’t provide a source here, but you will find something.
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