Ran Zilca, writing for Psychology Today, argues that being too comfortable won't foster the desire and the ambition you need to go after your dreams. He argues that in the short term we do believe comfort is more important, but choosing comfort over taking risks is what leaves many of us with regrets in the long run:
We live in a society where comfort has become a value and a life goal. But comfort reduces our motivation for introducing important transformations in our lives. Sadly, being comfortable often prohibits us from chasing our dreams. Many of us are like lions in the zoo: well-fed but sit around passively stuck in a reactive rut. Comfort equals boring shortsightedness, and a belief that things cannot change. Your comfort zone is your home base, a safe place not to stay in, but to return to, after each exhausting and exhilarating expedition through the wilderness of life. Take a look at your life today, if you are enjoying a shelter of comfort, break through it and go outside where life awaits.Isn't that true about our faith? When we play it safe or comfortable, our faith isn't stretched and we don't grow into deeper dependence on God. Without getting out of our comfort zones, our faith can become stale, listless and stagnant.
A couple of months ago, I led our ministry into a venture that was a big hairy audacious goal and step of faith. It caused us to get on our knees, it united our community together and it energized our faith.
Is there anything in your life or ministry that you are reluctant or scared to venture into? Would doing it be a big risk and undertaking? Would it stretch you and get you out of your comfort zone? Then perhaps it is the very thing you need to do!