Hey guys! Welcome back. I recently finished the incredible book The Growth Mindset: A Guide To Professional And Personal Growth by Joshua Moore and Helen Glasgow. I had the free e-book version on my phone and spent several days reading it off and on. It was an extremely helpful book full of great advice for both personal and professional growth. And there are so many things in this book that are very useful and a lot to unpack, but there is one part in particular that really stuck out to me and that’s really what I want our focus to be today.
Chapter Eleven in this book is all about the comfort zone and it challenges the way we think about it. One of the most interesting things about this chapter is where they begin to talk about the “comfort zone” and what that really is. For most of us when we initially hear comfort zone we think of the place we don’t want to leave. We think of where we are right now as our comfort zone and we always hear if we want to grow we have to continuously step beyond that comfort zone. However, Moore and Glasgow really challenge that thought process.
One of the things they mention in this chapter is that for many of us we may think we are in our comfort zone but we actually aren’t. Your comfort zone is a place where your live in a nice, smooth flow of life. You are content with your home, your relationships, your job, and every other aspect of your life. How many of us are actually in a comfort zone? Probably not many. So we aren’t even in a comfort zone to leave to begin with. So instead of thinking of where you are now as a comfort zone, instead think of it as the zone you are used to.
It’s easy for us to fight change and do our best to ward it off simply because we don’t like the fear of the unknown. But the truth is that unknown part of our life is the most exciting. The idea that there are infinite possibilities and opportunities for how our lives could turn out should excite us. And that is why we have to leave what we are used to. It’s not necessarily our comfort zone unless you really are truly comfortable. It’s just the place you have come to know even if it makes you incredibly unhappy and wanting more.
So once you start seeing your “comfort zone” for what it really is, you will start to feel a lot more accepting of making certain changes and really pushing yourselves to what your real comfort zone is. You will start working toward your comfort zone instead of feeling like you are leaving it. And once your brain reframes the way it thinks about the zone you are in, you will start to feel the motivation to chase your dreams and reach your goals. You are much more likely to push yourself if you are open to the changes instead of avoiding them.
I really encourage you to read this book if you are interested in personal and/or professional growth. I found it to be extremely helpful and I think you will too. Thank you so much for stopping by! I really hope you enjoyed this. Please like it if you did. Feel free to let us know your thoughts down in the comments below. Also, let us know your favorite personal or professional growth books so we have some new ones to read. I’m also looking to add to my list. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!