The greatest obstacle to success is complacency – being in your comfort zone. #quote
Highly successful people will tell you that the secret of their success was doing what was uncomfortable. They were prepared, actually eager, to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve success. Thomas Edison said, “We shall have no better conditions in the future if we are satisfied with all those which we have at present.”
We can’t deny the fact that we love our comfort zones; where we have everything under control and we are in command. And again, not many of us love living risky lives or even taking risks; we don’t like paying a price to get what we want and still we don’t like it when we are faced with difficult situations that make us uncomfortable. This is true for an average human being.
But come to think of it: if Jesus did not leave all the comfort in heaven, humanity would have never been saved, if Moses refused to leave his job as a shepherd to go and face Pharaoh, the children of Israel would have continued to suffer, if David decided to run away from Saul and go back to what he was used to do, he would probably not have become the king of Israel. All these people faced difficulties, but they had a mission to accomplish. Esther likewise, stepped into a dangerous zone and placed her own life on the line for the sake of her people. She refused to sit, fold her hands and watch as things fell apart.
Comfort zones pose great dangers to our progress, growth and success yet many of us can do anything and everything to ensure that we remain there. An average human being is resistant to change, yet whether or not we like it, change remains constant, and if we want to live victoriously and make significant changes in our lives, we must get out of our comfort zones.
Many of us have dreams, visions and great plans that lie unattended because of fear. We just want to work and fight our battles in comfort zones, but what we do not know is that it poses a great risk to our progress. It is a dangerous place to be. God moved the Israelites out of Egypt and introduced them to another kind of lifestyle they were not used to. It was hard for them to transition and they desired to go back to what they were used to – a life of oppression, hard labor and Egyptian food. Many of these people never entered Canaan because even though they were on their way to the promised land, they held onto their pasts. They could not let go of it and God was not pleased. It means that they allowed themselves to passively accept change into their lives but never actively sought it. They refused change. This is the reason why it was hard for them to endure hardships in the wilderness, and as such put themselves at the mercy of their situations and circumstances.
Such people do not and cannot win in this life because life itself is a battle, and as such must be treated. If we face life while still in our comfort zones, we will never win. Many of us are victims of circumstances because of refusing to get out of our comfort zones. The first major step to becoming a better person tomorrow than you are today begins by realizing that you are not always a victim of circumstances and that you are not meant to be. Everyone has an opportunity and chance to change their lives and do much more great things with their lives, achieve their visions and dreams, and become the best they can be, but they must be willing to initiate change. They must be willing to break out and come out of their shells and do wonders.
The bottom line is that as long as we remain in our comfort zones, we will never grow or move forward. We will also miss opportunities that could propel us to a higher level.
A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road, a Fierce lion roaming the streets!“ As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly (Proverbs 26:13-16) NIV.