Thwarting Death by Comfort Zone

I talk a lot about the importance of leaving your comfort zone and the growth that can happen when you do. Most of the time I emphasize the BENEFITS of doing so.

Recently I’ve been reminded of how DANGEROUS comfort zones really are when:

  • A group of expats got too comfortable navigating the land we live in and found ourselves in a situation we could have avoided.
  • My husband witnessed a friend’s motorcycle accident and recognized how comfortable, carefree and careless he has become on his own Harley.
  • I visited with an executive that has been in his position so long he is struggling to see how complacent and ineffective he is becoming.

Each scenario caused me to reflect on how winning sports teams lose their edge, how wildly successful businesses stop growing, and how governments and countries rise and fall…

Linger too long in a comfort zone and you risk…

  • Feeding pride and starving humility
  • Thinking less about “us” and more about “me”
  • Encouraging laziness
  • Deflecting ownership
  • Increasing clutter and decreasing clarity
  • Fueling boredom, complacency and carelessness
  • Risking accidents and illegal activity
  • Sapping joy, slaying purpose, killing vision and inviting chaos

Comfort zones impact:

  • Personal lives
  • Learning
  • Families
  • Commitment
  • Organizations
  • Growth
  • Our World
  • Peace

Making conscious choices to leave your comfort zone does not mean leaving your commitments it means:

  • Intentionally looking for ways to bring “fresh eyes” to every situation
  • Turning rocks over and facing anything you find underneath those rocks
  • Listening and seeking first to understand
  • Learning from the situations you are in
  • Challenging yourself to do something new
  • Admitting that you don’t have all of the answers
  • Asking for help

What are your thoughts?

What are you doing about it?


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President, Giana Consulting

Chery believes that:
• Anyone can be a leader.
• Everyone knows something that the rest of us don’t.
• We all need to leave our workplaces, communities, nation and world – better than we found them.

Those beliefs caused her to instigate change from every position she ever had and continually provided opportunities to lead system-wide change from the middle and the edge of organizations.

Her faith and my firm belief that leaders need to walk their talk were the reasons she agreed to move to a part of the world that she once feared. As an expat she embraced daily opportunities to meet and learn from people that represent the nations in our world.

Today Chery is The Founder of Giana Consulting, listed as a Great Leadership Speaker by Inc., writes a recognized leadership blog and has co-authored two leadership books.

She leverages true leadership stories and expat experiences to inform, inspire and emphasize life skills that cause her clients to be more energized and productive.

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One thought on “Thwarting Death by Comfort Zone

  1. You make an excellent point about when our comfort zones become careless zones. We stop operating mindfully and cruise. We all know the danger of cruise control is nodding off!

    It’s okay to be comfortable it’s not okay to go on auto pilot in a zone that you’re too afraid or too lazy to leave.

    Have me thinking! Grateful!