Blasting your Comfort Zone for Chess Improvement

Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone. ~ Robert Allen

    Today I want to talk to you about the above quote’s idea, and getting out of your “comfort zone” when it comes to chess.
 
   Comfort ZoneHave you heard about the “comfort zone”?
 
   These the areas in your life in which you feel comfortable.
 
   Examples:

  • Are you comfortable with going into the supermarket? If so, it’s inside your comfort zone.
  • Do you feel comfortable when you talk to a friend? If so, it’s inside your comfort zone.
  • Do you feel comfortable to speak in front of an audience? If so, it’s inside your comfort zone.

   Oh, you don’t feel comfortable doing that? It’s unusual for you and maybe you’re even a little scared? Then it’s outside of your comfort zone.

   All habits and things you usually do are inside your comfort zone. Everything new, everything you don’t usually do is outside.

   A lot of personal development experts will tell you that it’s important to get outside of your comfort zone. But why?

Success is outside your comfort zone

   It’s important because if you want to have different results in your life, you have to do different things. You can’t just do the same things you’ve always done and hope that anything will change. It won’t.

  • If you keep eating junk food, you probably won’t lose weight soon.
  • If you keep training with the same weights, you probably won’t get any stronger.
  • If you keep hanging out with the same people all the time, you won’t make any new friends.

   The same actions will get you the same results.

   If you want to get new results in your life, you have to do things you don’t usually do – maybe even things you’ve never done before. That’s means that you have to step out of your comfort zone.
 
   With chess this could mean a lot of things.
 
   Perhaps you only:

  • are comfortable playing 1. d4.  Playing 1. e4 would be outside your comfort zone.
  • play online, and the idea of playing in a tournament is outside of your comfort zone.
  • like “closed” positions, and open positions scare you, and would be outside your comfort zone.

   Every player will be different of course, but I encourage you to think about where your “comfort zone” is, and push the boundaries every once in a while.  That is where the real growth and learning will occur.

   Do you have a comfort zone that you want to step out of?  Leave a comment below, and let me know what it is!






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