How pushing past the boundaries of comfort can lead you to your muse
“MOVE OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE. YOU CAN ONLY GROW IF YOU ARE WILLING TO FEEL AWKWARD AND UNCOMFORTABLE WHEN YOU TRY SOMETHING NEW.”
It is nice to be comfortable, but being too comfortable can end up leading to creative stagnation. Invite a bit of danger in and put yourself outside your comfort zone. Let the feeling and experiences of not knowing help you find new creative ideas.
Comfortably Numb Muse
“I have become Comfortably Numb”-Pink Floyd
While there is nothing wrong with comfort: comfortable shoes are essential, comfort foods are delicious and there is nothing like being comforted in a time of crises, but there is something mind numbing about too much comfort. People that are prone to sitting around and resting on their laurels or the laurels of their ancestors, tend to stagnant and even began to regress back to an earlier development stage.
Just look at the Roman Empire, after a thousand years of progress, its citizens got quite comfortable with the way things were. This comfort led to a regression and the next thing you know the Huns were knocking on the gates of Rome. A few centuries later, gone were the aqueducts, the roads and the great city centers. Because the Empire thought they could go no further, they ended up falling behind into darkness.
Our creative minds are a lot like the Roman Empire. We can end up resting on our laurels and then withdrawing into the comforting confines of predictable routine. We no longer take any risks; no longer go outside our safety zone to feel that rush that comes from not knowing what may be around the next bend. We are so caught up in our own feeling of security, we fail to look outside the walls of our mind to see that the world has changed, but we have failed to change with it.
In order to stay creatively active and avoid stagnation, it is important to step out of the comfort zone and flex your mental muscles a bit. Facing new stimuli can bring things out of you, it can help you dig out hidden fears and prejudices and even give you the confidence to move in a different creative direction. Next time you need something to spark your muse, go out there and live a little dangerously. For example, if you are afraid of speaking in public, you can try out for a play or give a speech. Or, you can push the limits of your comfort zone by reading a controversial book or going to a scary movie that you would otherwise avoid. Make yourself uncomfortable and learn from the experience. It will help you grow as a person and help make you ready for further inspiration.