The Magic of Comfort Zones
We create our own boundaries and comfort-zones. Sometimes we feel like we have to limit ourselves to what we can create and achieve. We start believing that our potential is a number that other people define for us. Those who define our potential for us are usually the individuals we spend the most time with, and after a certain period of time, we automatically start seeing ourselves through their eyes. We begin to question our capabilities and power, whenever we don’t see a good image of ourselves through their eyes.
They say “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, but I think our beauty is what we see for ourselves. The real truth about who we are as individuals, is what we believe to be. What we can achieve and create is often limited by what we THINK we can achieve, without even attempting to do it. I think that’s where we start narrowing our comfort zone. It merely becomes this small circle of things that we think we can decently do, that we stick to doing for the rest of our lives. Then I ask, “What about all the other things you could possibly be magical at doing?” These are things we see other people doing, and wonder if we could ever do something as effortlessly as they are, but we’re never going to know for sure if we could; because we’ve limited our comfort zone, and stepping out of that imaginary yet powerful circle we’ve created is difficult.
We all have our comfort-zones, and they are very defined and structured if you think about them. There’s this trajectory of things you can do if given the chance, and things you cannot do. How do we decide that we cannot do things? We can do everything, just not as effortlessly and as beautifully as another individual can, but this is the circle of life. All of us have our strengths which might be weaknesses for some. Instead of making our comfort-zones so structured, why not make them abstract? The imaginary zone, where you could keep extending the curves, lines, and size, adding colours to it every once in a while. By doing this, we’d find more things we can do, which would give us the power to create and achieve more. Even if those milestones are small, those very small achievements will make us believe in our potential, allowing us to do things that maybe once never existed in our comfort zones. That’s when we’ll start believing that all the magic often happens outside our imaginary, but very powerful comfort zones.