Why Should I Leave My Comfort Zone?

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Preston, England
October 10, 2016 10:37am CST
This is the latest buzz phrase I detest – ‘you should leave your comfort zone once a day’. Why? I like my comfort zones. Sitting in a comfy chair, barely dressed, watching TV, or listening to my music, knowing the pub will open soon – luxury. My comforts tend to be quite laid back, lazy and relaxed. Why should I abandon that to take up rock climbing or kick-boxing? That would just leave me thinking I’ll fall from a great height and bruised up from being kicked a lot. I am not with the no pain no gain brigade who think stress and pain equal living. To me no gain is worth pain. I see little point in stressing myself out. I can donate money to those who do run a marathon without feeling obliged to run one myself. Sometimes life draws us out of comfort and complacency; work, searching for work, friends in need, distracting business and sales calls but we can quickly get over that with a nice hot bath – I don’t feel the urge to get over work by being splattered in a paintballing game. My counter-strategy is ‘get into your comfort zones’ and stay there as much as possible – no pain, no gain? Fine, I like my pain-free environment. Masochism is not for me. Arthur Chappell
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11 Oct 16
Completely agree. Maybe those who thrive on always being busy should step out of their comfort zone and enjoy a quiet night in.
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@allen0187 (31189)
• Philippines
11 Oct 16
This is certainly one way to look at things. I'm one of those who believe that life happens outside one's comfort zone. I could be wrong, you could be right. You could be wrong, I could be right. Fact is, both of us could be right and wrong at the same time.
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• United States
10 Oct 16
We get pulled out of our comfort zone often enough without deliberately doing it. I'm with you. Life is too short to be uncomfortable more than we have to.
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@Rollo1 (16659)
• Boston, Massachusetts
10 Oct 16
What are comfort zones for if not to be comfortable in? There's no great virtue in being uncomfortable. I agree completely. What is the use of spending all that time creating a comfort zone if you're not going to live in it?
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@Asylum (48288)
• Manchester, England
10 Oct 16
I agree with you absolutely Arthur, life throws enough problems and hassle at us without us going out of our way to find more.
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@Happy2BeMe (72139)
• Canada
10 Oct 16
Nothing wrong with staying in your comfort. It is a good place to be.
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@Corbin5 (96652)
• United States
10 Oct 16
I agree. Life gives us enough troubles so "comfort zones" should be a top priority.
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@Jessicalynnt (47798)
• Centralia, Missouri
15 Oct 16
eh, I think it's more that we need to challenge ourselves. right now just getting out of bed and getting dressed is a challenge for me.
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• Preston, England
15 Oct 16
sometimes we do have to do things we wuld rather not do though we largely aim to get back into comfort - not intentionally distance ourselves from it
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• Centralia, Missouri
16 Oct 16
@arthurchappell which is why sometimes it's best to just edge into discomfort, so that it's easier to try and less chance of overdoing things and then doing less the next time
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• Preston, England
16 Oct 16
@Jessicalynnt life will pull us from comfort often enough - the phone that rings just as we enjoy a nice hot bath for example
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@shshiju (10201)
• Cochin, India
11 Oct 16
Agree that every one like their comfort zones. Like humans birds and animals have also their own comfort zones. But they have no contract or documents. Man created all. If two person like the same comfort zone , at the same time Problems starts from that point.
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@ms1864 (6998)
• Bangalore, India
10 Oct 16
*high five* buddy! *the highest five ever!* i do think there is a lot we can accomplish even if we are in our comfort zone. ...some people find comfort in being uncomfortable...and that is good for them....i happen to know how to excel at things being in mine.
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@teamfreak16 (40111)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
10 Oct 16
I couldn't take up rock climbing if I wanted to. Fear of heights.
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• India
10 Oct 16
yes u should not leave ur comfort zone that ur right
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@marlina (70238)
• Canada
10 Oct 16
I like my comfort zones, but once in a while, I have no choice to get out of there.
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@CoolPeace (1593)
• Miami, Florida
11 Oct 16
You only get out of your comfort zone if it is something you are interest in. Sometimes you have to do what makes you happy.