If you’re anything like me, you hear your friends and family say all the time, “I need to bust out of my comfort zone.” Especially in today’s fast paced life, it’s so easy to get complacent, to except what each day brings, fall into routines, and just let life happen.
I’m particularly guilty of this. I love my routines and my expectations and changes to a well-laid plan can really set me off. Not the typical personality you expect for someone who claims to be creative, hu?
Last week, my comfort zone was given a jolt. For almost a year now I’ve been working with a trainer to get healthy and get a handle on some chronic pain.
It was a scary move for me at first. I had to open up the doors and windows to my mind and heart that are usually boarded shut and share my eating and exercising habits with a virtual stranger. Over the course of the year, however, we developed common ground. As an advisor he’s helped me manage the obstacles in the road. As the relationship became less scary, I became more comfortable.
Last week my trainer informed me he’d taken a new job. I was being reassigned to another one in the facility.
The announcement wasn’t unexpected; I’d known for several months that he was contemplating and working toward a career change. Somehow, though, I hadn’t let myself think too much about those changes would alter my little comfort zone.
After an initial freak out and some quiet moments talking myself in from the ledge, I’ve come to realized that I’d become almost too comfortable in the zone I was in. Almost complacent. A shake up is probably just what I need, and a new approach to a similar task is rarely bad — it’s just different.
So, today I leap. When I go into what has become a comfortable place for me, i will be meeting someone new. This someone will be looking though all those secrets I had a hard time sharing, and again I’ll have to let a stranger peak in my windows. But I have a feeling it’s going to be good.
How do you handle shake-ups to the comfort zone?