“The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities.”
The second mental condition that holds people back is called the “comfort zone.” Human beings are creatures of habit. They begin an activity of any kind and they soon become comfortable with it.
They then become extremely reluctant to change what they are doing, or change the situation they are in, even if they are not particularly happy or satisfied with it. They become somewhat content and
complacent. Eventually, they become afraid to change, for any reason. They get into a rut, and the longer they stay in their rut, the deeper it grows, until they finally give up all hope of ever changing
or improving their lives.
Learned helplessness, in combination with the comfort zone, creates a person who feels trapped and helpless, weak and powerless, and unable to take control or to make any real difference in his life.
The individual in this mental state then strives for security rather than opportunity, and often feels like a victim of circumstances over which he has no control.
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