Today we will talk about the Comfort Zone and its link with Speed Reading. This is a much broader topic, and that's why I will treat it in several episodes.

First of all, when talking about the Comfort Zone everyone is panicked, it is said that you must leave that area, leave it definitively and as quickly as possible.

For many, it does not matter where you go after that. Maybe you do not know very well or even have the problem to find out, all you know is that the Comfort Zone is terrible, horrible.

Many common sense people will ask a pertinent question ... Moreover, if I leave the Comfort Zone ... what do I do next? It's a trend, that's so obvious, but what is the strategy and how does this affects me and my life?

A good trainer can tell you what's the difference; he can guide you and show you step by step what you need to do, while an unprepared trainer will only know that you have to leave the comfort zone. If you want someone to show you the way, then choose a good trainer.

The opposite of the comfort zone is the Discomfort Zone. It's the area where you do not feel good, the area where you lack the resources and basic needs are not satisfied. It's the area where you are not well. When someone urges you to leave the Comfort Zone, you feel somehow threatened. Your mind signals a dangerous situation, and you start to worry. Because if you leave your comfort, you will live in discomfort.

Let's see when the comfort zone appears; it occurs immediately after we are successful. Success is the materialization of a strategy through a constant effort and constant consumption of resources. So we can put the following question: Is the Comfort Zone bad if it comes after a success? Logical answer: No!

Why should we willingly abandon what we have earned through work and earnestness? Just because others tell us that we should? If you work for years to build a house and when you finish it you move into it, it is called you have an achievement or a success. It means that after that success you enter a specific area of comfort you are told you have to leave it. You have to leave your house because that's what they say?

Here we should talk a bit about how we can relate to a phenomenon, how can we judge it. There are many ways we can do this, but I have chosen to address three aspects: Frequency, Intensity and Impact. We can analyze any known phenomenon, but I like the example of Rain most. One is to rain every day, and another is to shower once a week. (Frequency). One is to pour, and the other is to rain for a few minutes with a few splashes. (Intensity). One is to be in an area where there is a flood risk, and the other is to be in the shopping mall. (Impact)

We can judge in the same terms the Success. What is its frequency, what is its intensity and what is its impact on our everyday life and then we see where the problem is. It's not bad in the comfort zone, and it's okay because we got it hard, through work and sacrifice, but it's bad to relate only to one success that is not at your full potential and which fades over time.

After a moment of success, you feel happiness (it lasts a few minutes after which it transforms into inner well-being). The achievement you have, the victory for which you have worked has consumed your internal resources, your energy, but also the time and money you invested. At that moment, besides the satisfaction you feel, you also need to relax and recharge your batteries.

Until recently, the engines were being driven at full speed, and after the success we tend to stop them. After working for a while, people take a vacation. It's normal to go to a place to disconnect. After a few days, they return from vacation and start going to work. After the holiday you begin to build, start working for the next period or your subsequent success.

Exiting comfort does not mean giving up support. It means keeping comfort but leaving the relaxation state. You cannot live a continuous vacation nor is it good and healthy for your mind and body. Life is challenging, and you need those challenges that make you better, more competent, more efficient. You cannot be satisfied with one success, and you need more.

All your experience, all your work and your consumption of resources force you to self-indulge yourself and to do more and better than last time. Increase the frequency of success so you can enjoy more of your achievements but also to relax after each success more often.

Increase the intensity of success and see your progress as an essential thing that lasts as long as possible!
Increase the impact of your success so that it affects as many plans as possible on your life: personal plan, financial plan, material plan.

Coming out of the comfort zone actually means accelerating your success, and for that, you need more than will or courage. It would be best if you had the power to sustain you. Without that power, you are at best a dreamer. The power of accelerating success comes, from my experience, after accelerating the reading speed and your thinking.

Something changes in you as you train to read faster. So that thing is hard to explain in words, you can only know it through your own experience, you can control it, and you can use it as a lever to release the obstacles you encounter on your way to authentic success.

Author's Bio: 

Expert in Speed Reading, 17 published books, Speed Reading and Accelerated Learning courses.