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By Gareth Timmins

For me, the term refers to a place of safety – a life without personal development that breeds familiarity – creating an illusionary safehouse that assures a lack of threat or emotional risk to our self-concept. It’s void of challenge and self-discovery, and although its location advertises to protect its resident’s self-confidence by providing comfort blankets – they come with hidden shackles, restricting growth by stopping people from realising their full and true potential!

Once outside, adversity attacks, but by applying perseverance and practicing composure to find resolve, you start to plant the seeds of self-confidence, which will eventually grow – further reinforcing and assuring intrinsic and/or extrinsic motivating factors – ultimately paving the way from the comfort zone and on to greater levels of self-exploration, personal development and fulfilment.