People who choose to stay in their comfort zone rather than take risks often display these 8 behaviors

I’ve always found comfort in the familiar and with knowing what to expect each day. On the other hand, I realized that being too comfortable prevented my personal development.

But, truth be told, it took me a while to get there.

And what about you? Are you a risk taker, or do you like to live in your comfortable bubble?

Maybe you’re somewhere in between, at a crossroads, fighting with the decision to step out and see where the journey takes you.

So, to nudge you in the right direction, let’s see the most common behaviors of people who choose to stay in their comfort zone instead of taking risks.

1) They resist change

My career was very different from what it is now. I resisted change because I was scared, and money wasn’t a big issue. I stuck to what I knew, and I repeated routine tasks over time.

Maybe you’re in the same position I was years ago. Working at the same job, you’re pretty much accustomed to the routine and your colleagues so why change it, right?

Well, maybe you don’t feel fulfilled, and repeating the same tasks over and over again is soul-draining.

Perhaps you don’t need to change jobs, and being part of some new exciting project will do the trick, too, but don’t stress about it. Simply raise your hand and apply for it.

I think it’s the fear of the unknown that kept me in one place for so long, but then I just decided to let it go and do something that will keep me more fulfilled.

What I can tell you is that if you’re struggling to take life-changing actions, don’t. Don’t stagnate.

Get up and just do it.

2) They fear failure

My dad is a guy who has used outdated phones for as long as I’ve known him. Everyone around him had a smartphone, so I decided to buy him one.

To my surprise, his first reaction wasn’t happiness. Instead, he panicked. That’s when I realized why he stuck to his old phone for so long. He was scared.

Scared of failure to navigate all the touch screens, apps, emojis… It was just too overwhelming for him, and he thought he was just too old for it.

He was also scared that he would embarrass himself in front of everyone as he didn’t know how to use it.

It’s a simple example of how we often stay in our comfort zone because we feel safe with what we know, and we fear we will fail if we change that.

Failing still feels almost like a tabu, and it stops us from doing great stuff and evolving.

But we have to fail sometimes. Embracing failure is good. When you do it, nothing else holds you back anymore.

That’s how we learn and move forward. If not, you settle for mediocrity and the familiar.

3) They settle for mediocrity and prefer familiarity

Why fix it if it ain’t broken, right?

People who settle for mediocrity usually sail through the sea of missed opportunities because where they are at the moment is “good enough.”

They usually prefer scrolling through their social media instead of picking up a new hobby.

They go to the familiar chain of restaurants instead of trying a new one, and they always pass a new project at work.

But when you settle for mediocrity, you settle for ordinary and average. You don’t put in any extra work.

4) They overthink things

Both my wife and myself are guilty here. We were overthinkers for the longest time. Our “what ifs” and all the hypothetical scenarios held us back for far too long.

What if we run out of money? What if I don’t pass this exam? What if she doesn’t like this gift? Was I too straightforward? What is his real agenda? It can’t be that simple…

Questions were endless, and overanalyzing everything seemed exhausting.

Luckily, we stopped doing it. Having the courage to move to three different countries and enjoy our lives there shows we were and still are on the right path.

So, having a bit more faith in yourself and others and being more positive can bring you places – personally and career-wise.

5) They procrastinate

Procrastinate People who choose to stay in their comfort zone rather than take risks often display these 8 behaviors

We all procrastinate sometimes. But how much and when exactly is a question we should ask ourselves.

Excessive procrastination can lead us into a life of missed opportunities and add stress. And who needs additional stress today? 

If you know someone whose whole existence is just sitting on the couch with a remote in their hand while so many other tasks await, or you’re that person, then know it can be fixed.

If your most simple choices turn into heavy ones, then try to organize even the smallest tasks.

For example, waking up and getting dressed on time is a task that can be crossed off your list if that will get you through the day.

Jotting things down in a planner is what usually helps me. When I’m finished with a specific thing, I just cross it off my list, effectively gameifying my life and tasks.

It’s what keeps me going, and then I have more time to learn something new and do more exciting stuff.

Don’t go with the ” I’ll do it next time” line. Do it now.

Whenever you delay something, you stress yourself and probably others too. Instead, be more proactive.

6) They make excuses

My wife was always a big talker, and me not so much.

The comfort of my home, my two cats, and a cup of coffee in my hand were good enough reasons not to hang out with people.

I would have a whole arsenal of excuses ready before attending parties and meeting new people. “I’m too busy right now,” “I don’t feel well,” “I’m not good at small talk,” you name it. 

Don’t get me wrong, I had friends, but that was it. New people were not my friends.

But then I realized that I don’t have to befriend every single person on this planet.

Networking is important, new people are important, and having fun is important for your mental health and future opportunities.

So, instead of making excuses for not meeting people or avoiding the gym because it’s raining outside, just do it.

Keep your door open, and more doors will open for you.

7) They avoid taking responsibility

I think we all know at least one person like this. Maybe a work colleague who always complains about not getting support and who points fingers in every direction when a project faces difficulties.

Maybe it’s a friend who finds it easier to blame his other half for all the misunderstandings and hiccups in the relationship and play the victim card.

What is missing here is self-reflection, and until we fully realize it, there’s no moving forward. This one’s a bit difficult as it affects our whole personality.

But if you want to get out of your comfort zone, you have to accept that faults are sometimes yours, and most importantly, you have to admit it.

That takes more courage than hiding behind excuses.

8) They often doubt their abilities and compare themselves to others

If you hesitate and question your abilities, you won’t succeed. Also, don’t force yourself to compete against others much further along than you. That’s also how you lose your joy for learning, and that’s not the point.

Instead of constantly evaluating yourself, you should celebrate your achievements.

People who don’t trust their own abilities don’t improve. It’s a simple fact. So, don’t be scared of new things and new skills, but also trust in skills that you already have. They will help you learn and adapt.

Final thoughts

While comfort is well, comforting, too much of it can keep you back in life. It’s a bit of a paradox at play, isn’t it?

Something like a war between the safety of the known and what the unknown brings.

But progress only comes to people who step out of their comfort zones and take a risk once in a while.

Facing your fears, not doubting your skills, taking responsibility, and not making excuses are the first steps where the unknown will eventually become known, and that’s how you keep going.

It’s just a circle of life. That’s how we evolve.

Adrian Volenik

Adrian Volenik

Adrian has years of experience in the field of personal development and building wealth. Both physical and spiritual. He has a deep understanding of the human mind and a passion for helping people enhance their lives. Adrian loves to share practical tips and insights that can help readers achieve their personal and professional goals. He has lived in several European countries and has now settled in Portugal with his family. When he’s not writing, he enjoys going to the beach, hiking, drinking sangria, and spending time with his wife and son.

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