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Why Being In Your Comfort Zone (not ‘walking Distance’) Helps You Be More Successful

Having a good sense of a zone is a great way to build more self-confidence and help you deal with situations you cannot change. If you know what to expect from a situation (a positive experience) you are more likely to be aware of it. It’s a practice in letting go, and as such you will become a more confident, calm person.

If you’re looking for a way to improve your chances in a new competitive activity, chances are you could do better with a little bit of experience under your belt. You want to look good on race day? Then work on your technique and practice a little at first.   If you’re trying to succeed in a new project, then a little experience will go a long way toward helping you out. So what’s the point of running when you haven’t run in years? There you get an idea.

Your ‘comfort zone’ is the part of running you rarely go in even when you’re outside of it. It seems like every race, competition, or workout you enter your comfort zone. You don’t enter your comfort zone when you run your first 5K because you want to make the start. You don’t enter your comfort zone at your gym because you want the free weights. You don’t enter your comfort zone in your home when you run outside for the first time in a week. You only do that when you have been running a long time. You enter your comfort zone and are forced to run more when you’re out exploring a new town. It seems crazy, yes, but there is truth behind it. As many of us can attest when you run for the first time, you aren’t quite sure what to expect—and not always for the reasons you expect it either.

It seems like every race, competition, or workout you enter your comfort zone.

When you try to be in your comfort zone when first running out into your new town, you might feel nervous and nervous. You might even find yourself in a bad situation. You might run into an unexpected runner or see someone looking over their shoulder so you don’t know what to expect.  You may think, why the heck am I out here running, and not in my house and in classes—it’s not that difficult.

That’s the point. If you’re in your comfort zone, it is because you’ve been able to get comfortable with it, or at least know what to expect. Then you can have a much better time when you cross that line. You don’t know what’s coming, so prepare to change. That’s why we often say that our first race is the most important race.

When you’ve been working on a new technique (or new run) for a little, that’s the line when you should enter your comfort zone. You’re not sure if you’re running up the right side of that line because you’ve been working for weeks on the new technique, or you are just feeling a little nervous. So you should be entering your comfort zone before you get to that line. Then you can move on to the next one.

It takes time to learn new running, training, and running techniques. It is like learning a new language, or a new sport. You need to practice that language and sport a little bit first, until you can go out onto the track and compete with people around the world.

In conclusion, you shouldn’t be afraid of entering your comfort zone when entering a new challenge. Instead, run in your comfort zone until the very end, just as long as you’re not going to crash and burn on the way out. You need to find that line where that new challenge is a little out of your comfort zone, and then you can move onto the next challenge.