Get Out of Your Comfort Zone! Um . . . Why?

2 Jan 2013

"When someone tells you to 'get out of your comfort zone,' wait for it. It's highly likely that they're subtly or not-so-subtly nudging you into doing something that they know you don't want to do, but they need done." -- From Start Your Week with Steve, the free weekly e-mail newsletter of Steve Henderson Fine Art.

Just because we're in our comfort zone as painting artists, doesn't mean that we're not facing big, exciting challenges. Bold Innocence by Steve Henderson of Steve Henderson Fine Art.

Just because we're in our comfort zone as painting artists, doesn't mean that
we're not facing big, exciting challenges.
Bold Innocence by Steve Henderson of Steve Henderson Fine Art.

We really owe seminar speakers a lot: they are the ones who come up with these tiresome platitudes that we battle on a daily basis.

Have you ever asked yourself, "Why are random people so concerned about my comfort zone, and whether or not I'm in it?" And, "Just where is it that they want me to go?"

In the real world, there is a difference between a rut and a path, the former being a place where dirty water settles and that gets your feet all wet, the latter being a directional aid in getting you where you want to go. All too frequently, we muddy the two, helped no doubt by people around us who point out that we seem too "comfortable" doing things the way we do, and perhaps we should step off our clear path onto the one they are suggesting.

But there is a reason we feel comfortable doing what we do: it fits us. It makes sense. It's relatively easy because it meshes with the way we think, believe, and process information. It's only when we're afraid, timid, reluctant, huddled in the ditch against the breeze that we're actually in a rut, and generally, we can figure this out without someone pointing it out to us.

Go ahead: do what you do best in your painting art, and do learn how to paint in the way that makes sense to you. Challenge yourself in your painting lessons, try something new, shake up your routine as a painting artist -- but do it because you want to do it, not because someone scolds you into thinking that you should.

--Carolyn

 


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mstrick96 wrote
on 8 Oct 2014 11:58 AM

This applies to all of life and career.  We will be the most successful if we figure out what we like and what we are good at and then focus on that.  Develop your tangents, not your weaknesses.

For too many years, I spent too much time working to strengthen the areas I was weak in and was miserable!!  Finally I started doing what I enjoyed a and what I was good at.  Only then was I truly successful and happy!

This applies to our art, careers, and all of life.

Do what you love!!