7 Myths About Your Comfort Zone

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Illustration of a man in a circle that reads "Comfort Zone."

Zorbing is an adventurous activity where people get inside a large plastic bubble and roll around on flat ground or down a hill. It was created about ten years ago by two creative souls from New Zealand, Dwane van der Sluis and Andrew Akerscame. While their original vision for global franchises didn’t take off as planned, the idea of doing various activities in a giant plastic bubble has grown. There are now locations worldwide where you can roll down hills, “walk on water”, play soccer, or even have “bumper bubble fights,” all in a bubble.

Are you ready to go zorbing? If you are into extreme sports, new experiences, or have a passion for adventure, you might be inspired to find the nearest location and make plans to go zorbing in the near future. For many, zorbing would be outside their comfort zone.

There seem to be two kinds of people in the world: Risk takers and those who prefer to remain in the Comfort Zone. Of course, it isn’t quite that black and white. The question is: Are you willing to step outside your Comfort Zone where it matters?

In order to successfully reach your goals, it will inevitably require you to venture outside your Comfort Zone. Struggling to step out of your Comfort Zone? Perhaps you have some misconceptions about your Comfort Zone. Consider the following myths:

Myth #1: My Comfort Zone is safe

Safety is often confused with familiarity. Just because you know your comfort zone well and have learned how to navigate within the boundary of your bubble does not necessarily mean it is safe.

The reality is that remaining in your comfort zone might be the riskiest thing you could do. That false sense of safety might be holding you back from a life of fulfillment, peace, and joy!

Myth #2: My Comfort Zone is predictable

Routines and habits can be good, predictable ways of doing things. However, if your routines and habits are preventing you from creating new habits and ways of doing things necessary to reach your goals, then you are stuck.

The truth is that no one really knows what the future holds. Even the routines you relish and your great habits will not protect you from the unexpected. Life is always changing requiring you to change and adapt. There is no guarantee that things will be predictable inside or outside of your Comfort Zone.

Myth #3: My Comfort Zone is where I am in control

While it is true that you are responsible for the choices in your life, actually being in control of your life is not possible inside or outside of your Comfort Zone.

Myth #4: My Comfort Zone keeps me from failing

Failing is as unpopular as public speaking! Many view it as a negative experience to be avoided at all costs.

In truth, failing is just another way of learning and growing. The only way you really fail is by giving up or never trying. So while you might feel like you have successfully sidestepped failure in your Comfort Zone, you may be caught in the failure trap and not even know it.

Myth #5 My Comfort Zone keeps me from experiencing fear

Stepping out and trying new things is scary. It requires that you be willing to experience fear and learn to push through those feelings. The more you practice, the easier it gets. The more you successfully move through your fear, the more your confidence grows. Successful people aren’t people without fear, they are people who have faced their fears and moved forward anyway.

When we approach life from a place of fear we are not able to give or receive love – something we all need and desire. If our main objective is to be loving in all of our endeavors it squeezes out fear and allows us to better reflect God.

There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear. So then, love has not been made perfect in anyone who is afraid, because fear has to do with punishment. I John 4:18 (GNT)

Myth #6 My Comfort Zone will not prevent me from walking in my calling

Excuses seem to pop up when you are challenged to venture outside of your Comfort Zone. You find yourself saying things like “If God really wanted me to do that He would have made me more outgoing, bold, eloquent, skilled, or assertive.”

Your calling will always take you outside your Comfort Zone! God wants you to depend on Him so that you accomplish things together. When you do that, He is glorified, and that’s what it is all about!

It was stepping out in faith and relying on God that made it possible for Joseph, Moses, David, and many others in Scripture to do what they were called to do.  You can read about more faithful folks in Hebrews 11.

Myth #7: My Comfort Zone is my happy place

The easy place is not the same as your happy place. Happiness happens when you are growing, stretching, and accomplishing more than you ever thought you could. It is a meaningful life that is a happy life!

Remaining in your Comfort Zone is like zorbing through life. While you might feel safe and secure inside the bubble, you are unknowingly participating in an extreme sport. Stepping out of the bubble is challenging; even small steps count! The things you crave: safety, stability, meaning, etc. are all found in God – let Him be your Comfort Zone!

What have been avoiding because it was outside of your Comfort Zone? What one thing can you do today or this week to venture out of your Comfort Zone?

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6 Comments on “7 Myths About Your Comfort Zone”

  1. Yay! Love this article… thank you for exposing the myths we so easily buy into! Onward to adventure!

    1. Happy to hear you enjoyed this article Becky! I look forward to hearing more about your adventures as you step out of your comfort zone.

  2. Excellent article that is sure to help people rethink their comfort zone. Love the point about how safety and familiarity are not the Saturday thing!

  3. This is the nudge I needed to step out and take a risk I’ve avoided my entire life–and that is to draw healthy boundaries with my siblings. I will be visiting them over Thanksgiving so your words are timely. There is a current issue hanging that is prime material for stepping out of my comfort zone and dealing with. The familiarity (which translates into “comfortable”) in relating to them as I always have has kept me from breaking free of unhealthy patterns. When I think of scenarios where I put my foot down, I feel nervous, even sick to my stomach. It’s unfamiliar ground to stand up to them, but it’s long past time. Thanks for the timely nudge!

    1. Family often expects you to behave in certain ways making it all the more difficult to break out of your Comfort Zone. I am happy to hear this was a timely nudge. I will be praying that you will lean on God and step out with Him by your side as you embrace healthier boundaries with your siblings. While uncomfortable, the more you are able to take a stand, the more confident you will become.

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