September 15, 2014
Merriam Webster defines “comfort zone” as “a place, situation, or level where someone feels confident and comfortable.” “Comfort,” though, is different for each of us.
Some of us like routine, structure, plans, definitions; we derive comfort knowing what’s coming, what’s expected. Others of us like open-ended spontaneity. It allows for on-the-spot problem solving, creativity and impulse-driven satisfaction; it is that feeling of freedom, spaciousness, and the “let’s-see-what-happens” limitlessness that animates us.
Well-being is a necessary part of our comfort zone. Combining structure with spontaneity can get us there, but that’s the tricky part.
If we live only for the moment, and do only what we feel like doing, we lose sight of the pieces we need for financial security, physical and spiritual health management, social and community connectedness. If we stay lock-stepped in a structure or process, we become myopic, boring, easily rattled if things fall outside “The Plan.”
Maybe the key to all this is not so much defining our comfort zone as broadening it: finding the place where spontaneity and structure can live side by side or overlap completely.
We begin by clearly defining our goals along with the soft lines around achieving them. This first step is the beginning of a broadened comfort zone, and can be taken whenever we’re ready.
Now’s a good time.