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Expanding Your Comfort Zone Safely

It makes sense that people will not take action when they do not feel safe doing so.

This is primal.

If you’re standing at the edge of a cliff, you won’t feel safe taking steps forward and you shouldn’t.

And then there is a lot of talk about expanding your comfort zone. We’re naturally uncomfortable when faced with new things. If we don’t expand, how will we ever grow? It’s important to continue growing and expanding, but we simply won’t follow through if we don’t feel safe.

Unsafe vs. Uncomfortable

It’s important to know the difference between “unsafe” and “uncomfortable.”

Many opportunities make us uncomfortable for a variety of reasons. I suspect that we often experience being uncomfortable as being unsafe. Learning the difference between the two states may be a useful way to expand your comfort zone without feeling unsafe.

The end result of knowing the difference between unsafe and uncomfortable looks something like this:

  1. Don’t do things that are unsafe; things that introduce too much risk.
  2. Take advantage of new opportunities even if they make you uncomfortable.
  3. Realize that being uncomfortable doing something new does NOT mean you are unsafe. The discomfort is temporary and will vanish when you get used to the new situation.

You can imagine going into a new situation. Someone says, “Ok, this is new and you don’t know what to expect, which is fine. You may be uncomfortable for a little while, but don’t worry. You’re safe. It will pass and you will be fine.”

Do you know the difference between feeling unsafe vs. feeling uncomfortable?

Expanding Your Comfort Zone Safely

Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.


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APA Reference
Bundrant, M. (2018). Expanding Your Comfort Zone Safely. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 19, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/nlp/2018/07/expanding-your-comfort-zone-safely/

 

Last updated: 26 Jul 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 26 Jul 2018
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