I recently heard of an interesting concept by Author Pema Chodron.
Imagine a circle, with another circle around it, and then a third around that
If we live in that comfort zone circle for too long we stop growing.
That circle is a place to go to take a step back & get centered.
The 2nd circle is where we grow.
That is where our best qualities are tested and strengthened.
Qualities like compassion, patience, creative, bravery.
This is where we push ourselves enough to feel uncomfortable-but if we can hold ourselves at the edge long enough it becomes comfortable and we can go further.
The trick is to not push ourselves into the outer circle-the high risk zone.