What is a Comfort Zone?
A comfort zone is your behavioral space where activities and actions stay within familiar routines and patterns to ultimately minimize stress and risk. We’ve all heard the clichéd (but often true) nudge to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. It’s an age-old psychological concept that has helped many people embrace risk and make changes in life that often lead to increased personal growth.
Why Step Outside A Comfort Zone?
Living inside of your comfort zone can result in a consistent, steady state of well being while stepping out of your comfort zone into new and uncertain positions will create conditions for more optimal and unexpected performance. Psychologists have proven that a little anxiety and nervous preparation can help us perform at our peak. In other words, when we challenge ourselves, we tend to rise to the occasion.
Regardless if you are thinking of switching career fields, starting the job searching process, or focused on climbing the ranks at your current company, it is important to understand that feeling uncomfortable in pressure-filled situations is not only normal, but an opportunity for personal growth. Career progression doesn’t always feel comfortable, but the tough interview questions, big presentations, and unexpected opportunities allow us to grow. Learning how to embrace these moments will help for the next time we find ourselves outside of our comfort zone.
The benefits of handling an uncomfortable challenge are many:
- Learn how to perform at your peak “optimal anxiety” level
- Benefit from a lifetime of growth and transformation
- Boost your creativity and future chances of risk and reward, and
- Achieve improved well-being as you age.
Stepping out of your secure space can feel daunting and finding your own unique method to foster confidence will vary from simple mental preparations to little physical distractions. Through trial and error, you’ll find and learn which life-hacks best support your needs when pressure calls.
Tommy John, the experts in premium men’s underwear, are advocates of comfort, support, and confidence for all – no matter the stress, the excitement, or the uncertainty of a situation. They’ve created the following infographic with tips for handling six physically uncomfortable scenarios: