Evan had been doing really well. He was getting daily positive reports from school, he was doing great in his social skills classes, and his behavior was more manageable than ever before. We were comfortable – too comfortable.
While there’s no doubt that some of it is chemical, and some of it is biological, I also know that I have gotten complacent, letting little behaviors slide, not sticking to our routine, and not consistently using our behavior tracking system. I got stuck in my comfort zone, and unfortunately, I have been reminded how dangerous that can be. We are now going back to basics, getting more focused, disciplined, and consistent, and we’re praying we’ll see positive results very soon.
It is so very easy to get stuck in our comfort zone. Even though we’ve spent the last several years re-conditioning ourselves around managing Evan’s behavior, it’s amazing how fast we can fall into old habits.
The problem with comfort zones is that getting stuck there occurs so gradually, sometimes it’s hard to realize it’s even happening.
It’s all too easy to get complacent at work, with our kids, and in our relationships. It’s hard to remember and even harder to practice, but the great things in life typically happen because we stretched out of our comfort zone.
Getting what you want requires effort. It requires us to go beyond what’s comfortable and forces us to work for it. Are there areas of your life where you have gotten complacent or where you could benefit by getting out of your comfort zone?
While it definitely requires some time, effort, and attention, it’s also where the magic happens.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ― Neale Donald Walsch