I was trying to get a small patch of grass started in the yard to cover the red clay that pervades the upstate of South Carolina. First I scratched up the ground and added my seed and fertilizer. Then I covered up the seed with straw to keep it moist and in contact with the soil. At this point the only things the grass needs to grow is sunshine and water.
In my eagerness to see the grass do well I did my research and found something I didn’t know. When the grass starts to grow it’s important that the roots grow deep. They need to dig far enough into the soil to still get moisture when the top soil dries up in the summer time.
What I learned must be done to encourage the roots to grow deep is to only water enough to keep the grass alive. It turns out when the top soil stays wet it makes a great environment for the grass but the roots don’t bother to grow deep as they are quite comfortable where they are. The problem with this is you can never stop watering as the shallow roots leaves the plants vulnerable to drought.
The point of this information on growing grass is to point out how nature promotes growth. It’s the stress of the dry soil that drives the roots deeper. It can be said the roots need to get out of their “comfort zone.”
Likewise, if we want to develop our talents and strengths we must learn to be uncomfortable. The fact is, we can stay comfortable in our challenges and remain where we are or we can venture outside our “comfort zone” and grow! This personal growth is instrumental in developing wellbeing and happiness. What are some things you could do to get out of your “comfort zone?”