Updated: Jul 2, 2020
Think of the ‘butterflies in the tummy’ that you experience when you have to do something new for the very first time. This zone is often referred to as ‘the Learning Zone or Stretch Zone’ – it is not comfortable but stimulating. This is why we often perform at our best when we are in our Stretch Zone.
The benefits of stretching ourselves can lead to increased confidence, energy and motivation, finding new perspectives and a greater sense of achievement and fulfilment. However, remember that the more we do something which at first takes us into the stretch zone, the easier it gets and the more likely it will soon be a comfort zone activity.
Once you are taken beyond your stretch zone, you can start to feel uncomfortable. At the very extreme, you may even experience, panic attacks, palpitations, nausea, sweating, memory loss and lethargy. This is an indication that you are working in the Panic Zone and words such as ‘fear,’ ‘anxiety’, ‘overwhelm’ and ‘pressure’ are synonymous with this area.
It is important to remember that each zone is a completely subjective experience. Standing up in front of a room of people will be stretching for some, easy for others and for many will cause them to have sleepless nights and panic.
These psychological and physical experiences influence your performance. Think of your goals. Fully associate with them by visualising what will happen when the goal and the resultant benefits are achieved. Initially, you may be keen to take the first steps to goal achievement but then, when you come up against the discomfort and challenge of moving out of your comfort zone, you may procrastinate or make excuses.
You have the ability to choose your response to any given event. You have the choice and the ability to create your destiny.
You can be wherever you want to be. In order to become the person, you have never been, you have to do the things you never done. If you are not where you want to be, you then do something about it.
Your free will to choose means that you can spend the rest of your life doing exactly what it is you want to do.
So, if you stay where you are and to keep doing what you do, then you must really want to be there and doing that.