There are many definitions of “comfort zone” and my favourite is that it represents your living, work and social environments to which you have become so used to, that you simply refuse to expand it beyond its present boundaries. It is so omnipotent that it determines the type of people you are attracted to and with whom you prefer to build relationships with. It also dictates your lifestyle, which if remains unchallenged will potentially lead to your boredom and visionless future.
If for whatever reason you are dissatisfied with your present lifestyle, you should carefully evaluate what caused it and allow for necessary changes to take place. Comfort zones are directly linked to your dreams and goals and that has a direct impact upon your future levels of personal success and happiness. If you are serious about personal development and growth, you must learn to constantly push your comfort zone upward.
If you’ve decided to make a positive change into your life, you must set yourself a clear set of goals, seeing yourself achieving them and having an unshakable belief that you’re the creator of your own reality (of which you are). In that process, you will stream all your energy toward your goals, thus your old comfort zone(s) will cease to exist as it has been effectively replaced by a new one, which will better suit your newly formed requirements and aspirations.
In other words, if you’ve decided to climb a Mount Blanc in Switzerland, you must have a clear vision in your mind of you climbing, experiencing the physical strain, scenery, weather and all good and not so good things on the way up. It will eventually allow you to prepare a good cognitive strategy, which will guide you toward the achievement of your newly set goal(s). The key to successful stretching of your comfort zone is to mercilessly keep raising the bar about your personal expectations and the way you will go about it. Once you’ve mastered this ability, it will stimulate and guide you to ultimately convert all your goals into a desired reality.
The most important element in its delivery is your ability to clearly and vividly visualise your dreams/goals with frequent repetitions and emotions in order to allow your unconscious mind to create realistic pictures. Once your unconscious mind accepts those images, it will start searching for opportunities to bring them into reality. Your unconscious is the obedient servant of the conscious mind and does exactly what it’s being asked. If for whatever reason, deep down you feel (slight hesitation) that you are not up to the task, you will find ways to reject that idea and fail in its delivery. It is therefore extremely important that you are fully and completely congruent about your dream or goal, as it will only materialise in those circumstances.
If you use your imagination to:
- Imagine the change you aspire for
- Build an expectation of the change
- Mentally and emotionally prepare yourself for the change by simply anticipating for what it might be
- Refuse to accept any other life option, but the one you have set yourself to achieve.
Your unconscious mind will find various strategic alternatives to make your dream or goal a reality, particularly if you are mentally ready for it. This has a direct correlation to what people often refer to as “self-fulfilling prophecy”. Which means that any mental condition, such as: hope, fear, anticipation, denial might attract exactly what your mind focuses on, even though you do not consciously choose for that to happen.
Every person has different comfort zone parameters. Some people excel in situations where other people find uncomfortable and vice versa. It is also important to acknowledge that some people find problems, suffering, poverty etc as their comfort zones and they will always complain and blame other people for their misfortunes. Instead of looking inward for reasons that have brought them to where they are and find ways to take them to where they ideally want to be.
In the corporate world, absenteeism, lack of ideas, initiatives, daily crisis, inadequate internal and external communications, low productivity and confrontations between management and employees is what could be classified as their comfort zones. Management and their staff have grown accustom to finding fault between each other, instead of constructively working together to achieve their mutual goals.
Negative comfort zones could easily be overcome by setting and focusing on positive goals and objectives, which could allow everyone involved to work together toward its achievement. Whatever you think/focus on a daily basis, whether it is positive or negative determines your comfort zone and therefore, careful daily evaluation of your own thoughts and merciless elimination of what you do not want will bring you the balance you aspire for.
It is also important to note that money, power and influence are not goals, as they are only rewards for personal achievements.
Motivation starts with the desire to be free, to be free from dependency on others, freedom to live the lifestyle you dream and establish the freedom to explore your own ideas. Total freedom is not possible or desirable, but the struggle to achieve that goal is the key component of motivation.
Motivation is built on the folowing three basic elements:
It starts with a need, vision, dream or desire to achieve seemingly impossible. Creativity is associated with ideas, projects and goals, which can be considered a path to freedom.
Encourage the passion for life long learning, risky ventures and continually seek new life opportunities. Success is based on acknowledging what works and what doesn’t.
Developing the ability to overcome barriers and to bounce back from discouragement or failures. Achievers learn to tolerate the agony of failures. Barriers and failures will be present in any worthwhile endeavour.
Motivation is the combination of a person’s desire and energy directed at achieving a goal. It is the cause of action. Motivation can be intrinsic, which is linked to satisfaction and/or feelings of achievement or it can be extrinsic, which is based upon rewards, punishment or goal achievement. The same course of action doesn’t always motivate everyone and therefore individual motivational aspects vary from person to person.
As seen from above, there is an undeniable link between comfort zones, goal settings and motivation. It is so closely woven into one another that it almost impossible to separate. It could be said that motivation is the engine and primary culprit of everything you do, think or associate yourself with. It defines dynamics of your personality and your overall being, so careful evaluation of your personal motivational factors is a great way forward for good understanding of yourself and with it the potential for creation of your wanted material reality.