What if you woke up every day, had your morning coffee, went to work, worked for 8 hours and then headed home? What if this was your routine and your work consisted of stamping papers and shoveling them to the cubicle next to you. Or god forbid, having to walk them over to someone on a different floor?
The weekend comes, you're comfortable about grabbing your camera and heading out for a walk in the park. Yeah, you've walked here a hundred times before but who's counting and there might be a different kind of bird to photograph than last week. Never mind what you'd rather be shooting or doing.
But here's something to think about and it's a (paraphrased) quote from Bruce Lee.
"...if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level...." - Bruce Lee
There are plateaus. That's more than just a clever saying, that is absolute truth. Just about everything is built on gradients, that is, small plateaus before reaching different heights. And if you aren't going up, you're not staying static and that means only one thing.
So here's the Ra-Ra: Get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. Try new things, try intimidating things, you can even stay in the niche you are being an artist in, but step it up. And just be a professional about it. A professional doesn't know everything, but they have the ability to learn and adapt to overcome.
If you are staying inside your comfort zone as an artist then you might experience boredom with what you are doing. You might wish to abandon the pursuit altogether. This is, I believe, because it is no longer challenging.
There are no limits. There are plateaus.