Most everyone these days knows what a comfort zone is. My definition is the place, environment and tasks that we have learned to do and feel comfortable with–a comfort zone.
Lots of people feel devastated when they have lost a job as their comfort zone no longer exists. In other words, the time, place, co-workers, tasks which have been performed on the job don’t exist any more. It’s an uncomfortable place to be in. There is no sense of direction.
However, if we as workers realize that a comfort zone can disappear at any time, it is important to get out of our comfort zone while working. It does not take lots of money to be adventurous in looking at what other people do.
Many peopl “fall into” career paths that they have not chosen but have chosen them. When you leave the education system and get a job you often find that you stay in that line of work for many years even when you change employers!
We become comfortable with what we know!
When we establish a reason to find out about other’s jobs, we can understand job roles and skills from someone else’s perspective, thus enhancing our own. It means talking to peolple, volunteering for projects out of our own expertise, and being curious about what other people do.
These activities can help us to understand that the comfort zone of the past, may be a prison in disguise. Being more open to various experiences and people can help us to understand that the grass we may covet on the other side of the street, is really just grass; someone else’s comfort zone. See your “zone” as something you can change constantly. That actitivty will keep you on your toes!
However, you may find that another occupation better suits your talents or would be more interesting and give you better job satisfaction.
If you find that you want to change career then get out of your comfort zone and start expanding your horizons!
About The Author
Marilyn J. Tellez, M.A.
Certified Job & Career Transition Coach
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