Now that in many states of the world a certain ‘normality’ has returned, at least for the summer, and it can be observed and felt how we all rediscover and stake out our (pre-Covid times) beloved comfort zone and would prefer to hold on to it, the question that arises for me is how and when I, myself, have left my comfort zone and what the idiom ‘leave your comfort zone’, which has been popular for decades, can mean at all.
Brené Brown (US author of psychological writings) defines comfort zone according to Wikipedia as follows:
“Where our uncertainty, scarcity and vulnerability are minimized — where we believe we’ll have access to enough love, food, talent, time, admiration. Where we feel we have some control. When we get into times of social, political or financial instability, our comfort zones get smaller. The more afraid we are the more impenetrable our comfort zones buffers become. “Where we have the feeling to have something under control when we enter times of social, political or financial instability, our comfort zones become smaller. The more fear we have the more impenetrable our comfort zone buffers become.”
For me, I can clearly recognize that my sense of stepping out of my comfort zone has always been and continues to be very situational; there were consciously chosen adventures that let me go beyond my personal limits of fear and comfort, like climbing Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro in November 2004, my tandem skydiving, various trainings for running competitions or my year in London at the end of the 1990s – and there were situations where I gave up my ‘financial security’ for personal development for a certain time – this kind of challenge is still the most difficult for me to accept, because it can involve a lot of risk and renunciation. And there are situations where you lose humans, where trusted and loved ones take other paths and on an emotional level you are suddenly pushed out of your comfort zone.
For sure, I can say for myself that I have actually learned the most for myself when I have stepped out of my comfort zone for any reason, intentionally or not. It also suits my nature to always seek for an adventure, new things, and to cross my personal boundaries of fear and comfort.
In the end, the question always remains: do I want to change and develop and am I willing to give up ‘comfort’?
“You can’t fulfill your calling inside your comfort zone”, says Johnathan Key.
JU’s 3 questions of July 2021 are the following ones:
👉Where does your personal comfort zone end and when have you already left it?
👉The Covid pandemic surprised us all in our comfort zones. How did you experience this and what new things did you learn in this process?
👉Is there an experience, a change that you would very much like to experience in the future, where you would definitely have to leave your comfort zone?
👉Johnny Lozovan 🇲🇩🇦🇹
I met Johnny through Volina (👉https://www.ju-nique.at/en/challenge-accepted-2/) – he is an architect and passionate about photography. I already appreciate Johnny as a photographer👏 I admire him for his creative, photographic eye as well as his empathetic nature and talent for creating sophisticated design.
Karlheinz and I first met at the Department of Geography at the University of Vienna in 1986 and we subsequently attended and successfully completed numerous courses together. I admire Karlheinz for his professionalism, his talent for scientific work, his loyalty and modesty, his flair for music – not only did he always motivate me to continue with my studies, he also introduced me to the world of jazz in a very loving way and introduced me to an incredible number of musicians and musical genres – for this I would like to take this opportunity to thank him very much.🎩 Karlheinz loves ‘good music’.
Karlheinz loves listening to ‘good’ music 👉(https://jazzandmorestrangemusic.jimdo.com * https://classicalandmorestrangemusic.jimdo.com), hiking and biking .
I met Christopher at a Weekly Long Run – we got into a very interesting conversation while running and have been friends on FB ever since. I appreciate his emphatic and open-minded attitude, his expertise in ‘exercise and sports’ and his love for Mother Earth. Christopher is a sports instructor and personal trainer and loves culinary, culture and to travel.