So what is the comfort zone? Well whether you realize it or not, most of what you did today is exactly what you did yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that. And it’s exactly what you’ll do tomorrow.
We are all creatures of habit and as much as we might not like to admit it, most of us like routine. It feels familiar. It feels safe. It feels comfortable. And it doesn’t matter if we’re happy with our lives or miserable, change is just as hard to deal with whether it will improve things or make them worse.
Your mind does its best to keep you alive and although yesterday might not have been very exciting and you might still be overweight and unfit, you survived and that’s all that matters. Another day like that and you’ll probably still be alive tomorrow.
Alter your usual routine though, and who knows what could happen!
But we don’t like change.
We get up at the same time, eat pretty much the same breakfast, take the same route to work, have the same routine when we first sit down at our computer, have lunch at the same place and eat the same things. We leave work at the same time and take the same route home, eat the same dinner at the same time, watch the same things on TV, have the same bedtime routine and go to bed at the same time. We talk about the same things with the same people and we set the same goals but don’t do anything about them. We even think the same thoughts and feel the same feelings as we did yesterday and will do tomorrow.
We prefer to stay within our comfort zone where it’s safe and familiar. And it’s this which will cause the initial resistance you’ll feel when trying to change your routine. No matter how motivated you are in the beginning, once your initial enthusiasm is no longer strong enough to overcome the resistance from your subconscious mind, you’ll look for any excuse to skip a workout or return to your old eating habits.
But even if you already exercise, you still might be stuck in a comfort zone. Training the same way, with the same exercises, for the same amount of time, with the same intensity. Change only happens outside of your comfort zone however, so unless you’re “uncomfortable” with your workout, not much is going to change.
Knowing exactly why you want to achieve your goal will definitely help you, but so will being aware that it is very likely you’ll encounter resistance from yourself. When that happens, don’t be disheartened. It effects everyone in varying degrees and the solution to it is simple.
The antidote to resistance is persistence.
The only thing that can stop you is you.
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