A comfort zone is that area you are happy to operate within.
Some peoples comfort zones will allow them to run across
a football pitch stark naked and other peoples comfort
zone means they will not leave the house.
Your child's comfort zone will determine how they interact
with other children, deal with new challenges, learn,
and their level of confidence. In a nutshell, your child's
success as a child and later on as an adult is totally
linked to their comfort zone.
As a professional my work requires a great deal of public
speaking on a daily basis, talking and dealing with new
people and having new experiences on a regular basis.
Now my level of comfort requires me to do things many
people are uncomfortable in doing.
A mentor of mine made a profound statement. "Successful
people are successful because they are willing to do what
unsuccessful people are unwilling to do."
Another mentor of mine made the statement. "Mr Edwards
your WZ (Wealth Zone) is determined by your CZ (Comfort
In view of the fact your child's comfort zone is linked
to their wealth zone, what will you do to get your child
to step out of their comfort zone? As loving parents we
instinctively protect our children, wrapping our hands
around them with love, but some times that protection
can involve unwittingly keeping them in a comfort zone
that doesn't serve them.
A child's comfort zone could mean they are comfortable
with; family activities, playing with friends and computer
games and outside that comfort zone could be self discipline,
public speaking, taking the lead, meeting new people or
trying something new.
OUTSIDE OF THE COMFORT ZONE
Stepping outside of the comfort zone
As mentioned before, a child is a miracle of creation.
They are born with all the confidence they need, they're
uninhibited and are not afraid to make a fool of themselves.
The thing that brings that powerful personality to a stop
Things such as having a reserved nature, shyness, and
fear are all taught. A child quickly learns what he is
comfortable with by his interpretation of his surroundings.
My little daughter on seeing a spider for the first time
was naturally curious about this creature with 8 legs
scurrying across the living room floor. On seeing my partner
move away from the spider at a rapid rate, my daughter
instantly learned to fear spiders and is no longer comfortable
being around them.
As children experience life, their comfort zones will
in many cases continue to shrink depending on how we allow
it. Remember every experience is virtually new for them.
Do we allow their comfort zone to continually shrink or
do we gradually, lovingly, coach and strategically help
them to move outside their comfort zone. It's not hard
to do, but does require time.
TIPS FOR INCREASING YOUR CHILD'S COMFORT ZONE
Tips for increasing your child's comfort zone:
1. Try and identify what areas your child may find uncomfortable.
This way you can make small steps to desensitise their
reserved nature or change what negatives they associate
to stepping out of their comfort zone.
2. As mentioned before, reward or praise small steps
as this will teach them that success is linked to the
size of your comfort Zone.
3. Role-play and make steps to introduce new things and
experiences so as to broaden their experiences and lessen
the things they are not comfortable with.
4. Anything you do requires a means of reviewing your
progress so as a rule keep stock of your achievements.
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