There are a lot of good metaphors about our comfort zone.
The elephant that was tied up as a kid, for example.
Then later, they removed the rope, but he still was afraid to go outside of his rope-zone.
That’s all he was comfortable with.
Or the shark whose growth was stunted because he was kept in a small tank.
But the thing about comfort zones is they distort our reality.
Sure, we can see things just on the outside of them, recognize that they make us uncomfortable.
Which means we can sort of define the “boundary” of our comfort zone.
You can think of a small area just outside our comfort zones as a kind of defining “outer limit” of what we MIGHT be capable of.
But beyond that, we really can’t perceive of anything at all.
I had a friend once who was baking cookies. She wanted to make three times as many, but she absolutely COULD NOT do the math required to do so.
So she was stuck.
She had an IDEA of what she wanted, but she couldn’t figure out how to do it.
Imagine somebody, on the other hand, who could EASILY complicated arithmetic in their heads.
They could plan things with a lot more accuracy.
Therefore they could SEE things in their future with a lot more accuracy.
We can only see based on what we MIGHT be able to do, in the case of the comfort zone and the cookies.
Imagine walking down the street in a foreign country, where you have NO IDEA what any of the signs meant.
Imagine that same scenario but with a HUGE “to-do” list.
Shopping, laundry, getting a haircut, buying shoes, etc.
Simple things would be difficult.
The more you are comfortable doing, the more clearly you’ll see MORE options.
The more things you are capable of understanding, the more clearly you’ll see all the opportunities outside of your SKILL zone.
If ALL you have is a hammer, you’ll only find nails.
But if you have a MASSIVE set of tools in your brain, you’ll find a lot more things to use them on.