In a world that constantly pushes us to perform better and better …

What’s up by Guido Martini for COCOONERS N° 12

April 26, 2024
2 min read
A graphic cover with two silhouettes in a forest, a green-like plant; and a portrait of Guido Martini

This article was first published in Cocooners N° 12

In a world that constantly pushes us to perform better and better, we all have heard expressions such as “you need to get out of your comfort zone in order to grow” or “your comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing grows there”. Recently, I started thinking that, in my case at least, this approach could have several negative consequences and lead to potential damage, if I am not careful.

If it is true that, when we are out of our comfort zone, we feel stimulated, we can test ourselves and stretch our limits, at the same time, we might feel anxious and worried. Also, we might experience negative feelings that, in the long run, can affect our performance, which in turn could lead to exhaustion or burnout.

In the same way, by pursuing growth at any cost, we might run the risk of feeling that our best and true selves remain out of reach. We would then be constantly searching for a potential better self, rather than focusing on our current self which is performing at its best.

That’s why I started viewing my personal evolution not as a continuous jumping out of my comfort zone at any cost, but rather as a constant effort to expand my comfort zone.

I consider that comfort zone not merely a space in which I can remain inactive (stasis is like a death sentence to me), but rather a place where I’m able to think clearly, where I can become more confident and put my mastery into practice.

Expanding my comfort zone means taking on challenges deliberately, facing them using a progressive approach. It means introducing new habits that can help me hone my skills as well as identify my own limits, so that I can try and go beyond them. I consider these to be natural steps towards my personal and professional development.

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