We work toward making our lives comfortable. Comforts provide a sense of security. But they also prevent us from trying anything new. We become afraid to quit our jobs and find new work, change relationships,  or even change the way we eat,  dress, or comb our hair. New situations create discomfort. We have no way of predicting how we are going to feel and what is going to happen to us. Comfort also creates complacency. Complacency stops the growth process. It prevents us from asking questions that are critical to growth and improvement.
Look at what happens to so many of us in the urban environment. People tend to find comfort in their apartments and in the things they buy, but not with other people. They forget how to communicate with each other. I gave a lecture on making new friends during which I asked people to turn to the person next to them and say hello to someone new. Until I made that request, no one had asked anyone else around them a single question. Imagine that—a lecture on friendship and they were afraid to say hello to someone next to them! They needed my permission and encouragement; their established comfort level wouldn’t allow them to risk talking to someone new on their own.
It is important to challenge yourself by pushing through discomfort. This helps you to expand and grow. Then what was once uncomfortable becomes completely comfortable. Suddenly you will find that you can make decisions, make changes, and let go of old notions that no longer serve you. As you get rid of the old you can allow in the new. You can meet new people and do things you never thought you could do. You are able to say things you wouldn’t have said before and eat foods you wouldn’t have eaten. These are just a few of the wonderful things that can happen when you step outside of your comfort zone.
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