You've probably heard the phrase,"Life exists outside your comfort zone" ? - yeah well that's just bullsh*t. Life is life.
But if you want to expand on the richness of our current life, get
different results or perhaps do something new, then the comfort
zone model can be useful.
This model is adapted from the Learning Zone Model created by the German, Tom Senninger. Tom found that when it came to learning
something new, there was an optimal zone where we grew and developed, and a panic zone where we ultimately felt overwhelmed and hit the "What The F*ck?" stage.
The problem comes when we become emotionally charged and
highly motivated that we jump straight from the comfort zone
over estimating our ability and then panic when it goes rapidly pear shaped.
Often we retreat to our comfort zone with our tail between our legs thinking we are a failure, Thus being reluctant to step out of our
comfort zone in the future.
This protective mechanism makes sense. But what we can do
instead is hit pause.
Jot down what would have us hit the panic zone. Then explore what would actually stretch us - but not hit the panic zone.
The key is to do the thing that stretches you - but doesn't
Once proficient at that you attemp the thing that would initially have had you all up in the panic zone.
Thus what was once in your stretch zone gets absorbed into your comfort zone, and what was once in your panic zone gets downgraded to your stretch zone.
It's remarkably simple, but effective, once you stop to think about it.