We all like comfort. We seek a lot of different things – including sex, money, relationships, cars, houses, and jobs – to fulfill this deep-seated desire to be comfortable. Yet if you look closely at the heart of comfort, you’ll ultimately discover failure.

The Problem With Comfort

In past centuries, life was about survival. The primary goal of any individual was to survive to see tomorrow, next week, or next year. Life was built around satisfying necessities, such as shelter and food. Today, for the majority of the American population, shelter and food are a given - and survival isn’t top of mind. The primary driving factor has evolved from survival to comfort.

Every decision you make on a daily basis is either directly or indirectly associated with an intrinsic pursuit of comfort. And one of the ways we achieve comfort is by living lives that are safe and predictable.

Ironically - at least to our ancestors - is the fact that our pursuit of comfort is actually silently suppressing and killing us. Maybe not physically, but definitely in the cognitive and emotional realms.
“Too many people think the bare minimum is an acceptable way to live life, but it is the opposite,” Ashley Fern writes for Elite Daily. “How can you ever be truly happy if you spend your life repeating the same things over and over, day in and day out? The truth is you can't, so go do something outside your comfort zone and feel the power.”

Being content with the status quo sets you up for stagnancy and, ultimately, decline. And the only answer is to force yourself to break out. (Unfortunately, this is easier said than done.)

According to Neuvana, challenging your comfort zone provides perks like increased productivity, enhanced problem solving skills, stronger relationships, and cultivation of new skills - things we can all use a little more of!

Strategic Ways to Force Yourself Outside Your Comfort Zone

We all have our own detrimental tendencies and habits. However, the following tactics should prove helpful in your desire to wiggle out of your comfort zone and explore the depths of true personal growth.

1. Switch Jobs

It’s so easy to over-identify with your job. And once you’ve been in the same job with the same company for multiple years in a row, your daily life begins to look the same. You wake up, go to work, fulfill the same duties, clock out at the same time, come home, go to sleep, and repeat the process over and over again. Is that the life you really want to live?

Switching jobs isn’t easy - especially if you enjoy the one you currently have. But it might be the best way to push yourself out of your comfort zone and truly grow.

2. Add New Friends

For many of us, we’re totally fine with a small group of friends. If we have four or five people that we really connect with, we don’t feel the urgency to go out and make new friends. But maybe we should.

Each time you create a new friend, you’re exposed to new ideas, traits, and experiences. It forces you to look beyond yourself and realize there are other ways of seeing the world. Consider expanding your social circle and becoming friends with someone who is completely different.

3. Embrace Failure

Failure is never fun in the moment. But if you look back on past failures in your life, you’ll notice that they’re almost always followed by periods of growth. By walking into situations where there’s a high likelihood of failure, you’re basically guaranteeing maturation. Are you willing to be temporarily uncomfortable if it means long-term positive gains?

4. Let Others Make Decisions for You

The pursuit of comfort is so innate that you may find it difficult to willingly put yourself in uncomfortable situations. That’s why one of the best things you can do is let others make decisions for you. By putting the proverbial ball in someone else’s court, you remove yourself from the equation. This ensures you have to adapt, no matter what.

What Changes Will You Make?

You’re probably not going to quit your job, make a bunch of new friends, and totally revolutionize every aspect of your life in the next 48 hours. (And, quite honestly, you’d be crazy to do so.) But there’s no reason you can’t implement one or two of the aforementioned tactics over the next 30 days. Which ones will you put into action?

Author's Bio: 

My name is Jessica and I am an independent journalist, freelance blogger, and technology junkie with a passion for music, arts, and the outdoors. One of my greatest passions and joy is assisting communities and business owners. My utmost desire is to help people and business owners to succeed and prosper in their personal and business affairs. I share, comment, write and edit popular news stories.