Do you feel unmotivated? The projects you are working on have no impact? Can't you remember the last time you learned something or faced a challenge? These are the signs you are in the comfort zone and have to change right now.
Besides work issues such as burnouts, coworker problems and salary, the comfort zone is the main reason you should quit your job.
In a few words, the comfort zone is a psychological state where things feel familiar to you. It’s when you are on the control of your environment. That causes a steady performance with low rates of overall personal development.
In a professional context, when you are in the comfort zone, you are comfortable doing all the things in your work routine. There are no challenges or pressure. If you are in your comfort zone, you won’t learn anything. Without learning, you don’t evolve.
The comfort zone prevents you from growing.
To define whether you are in this zone or not you’ll have to answer one question:
When was the last time you faced a real challenge?
To be in the comfort zone is easy. The activities you task are the same old and are easy to solve. Challenges make us learn and grow professionally. When you work on a new product or project, you face tasks you’ve never solved. That makes you learn and improve your skills.
If you can’t even remember the last challenge you faced, that’s a sign you are in the comfort zone.
The problem to be stuck on the comfort zone is that you stop to develop your abilities. Your routine turns to be easy and you can solve your daily challenges without effort. Again, without learning, you don’t evolve.
If you want something that you don’t already have, there’s a good chance you’ll have to do things that you haven’t already done.
The main barrier between the comfort zone and the growth zone is fear. You’ll need to take risks, change your routine and create new habits.
I want to speak in public and that’s one of the points in my growth zone. The obstacle is that I fear to speak in public (aka glossophobia). To step out the comfort zone I have to study oratory and try to speak in public. If I don’t take the risk of trying, I’ll never grow.
I’ve worked in a Brazilian company for two years. The last months I worked there started to be uneventful. The challenges I was solving became easy and the problems I was working on were achieved without great effort. I was in the comfort zone.
I tried to step out the zone but every project I was committed to work on were comfortable and secure to work with. No challenges at all and I stopped learning and evolving my skills.
I started to look for new challenges and to seek for job opportunities. I wasn’t interested in higher salaries, but higher personal development. In the past two months I did the best thing I’ve ever done in my professional life. I accepted a great job offer. I’m working for a global fintech in the development of a new e-commerce product. I’ve never worked with the programming language I’m using in my new job neither worked for a fintech or an e-commerce engine. That’s all about cracking the comfort zone and keep evolving skills.