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My comfort zone is like a little bubble around me, and I’ve pushed it in different directions and made it bigger and bigger until these objectives that seemed totally crazy eventually fall within the realm of the possible.






Abraham Maslow’s (1943) theory of human motivation

Abraham Maslow’s (1943) theory of human motivation

An essential step toward internalizing the growth mindset is to embrace neuroplasticity research. Once understood, less courage is needed to make the first move away from comfort because failure itself becomes integral to the j...

Occupying the comfort zone isn’t always detrimental. For example, it might be reasonable to stay in your ukulele-playing comfort zone but not your managing-personal-finances one.

The point is to identify bottlenecks: areas of life where being too comfortable does more harm than good...

Creativity – anything from writing a poem to building a business – usually involves an element of risk.

Creative endeavors are about stepping into the unknown, with failing and subsequent learning as expected outcomes.

Exercising creativity is a good way to train...

In everyday life, there are ample opportunities to challenge yourself.

  • Turn off your smartphone and television while having dinner, decide what to wear more quickly, or just slow down to take in the surroundings on a walk.
  • These changes break you out ...

While exploring alternative perspectives can be uncomfortable, it enables growth and insight by challenging entrenched beliefs.

This might take several forms, such as reading varied book genres, diversifying who you talk to, and visiting new places.

It’s easy to get ...

Similarly, many aspire to this goal. For some, it can mean running their first 5K, but for others, it might be completing a triathlon.

Aiming high with exercise is emblematic of leaving the comfort zone and a great way to get the ball rolling.

  1. It’s crucial to cultivate a mindset that lays strong foundations, paving the way toward the growth zone.
  2. This includes seeing yourself as inherently adaptable, reframing stress, and believing in your ability to endure fears and doubts.
  3. You can settle for wha...

  1. It takes courage to step from the comfort zone into the fear zone.
  2. Without a clear roadmap, there’s no way to build on previous experiences.
  3. This can be anxiety provoking. Yet persevere long enough, and you enter the learning zone, where you gain new...

  1. Across every life domain, everyone’s zones vary in size.
  2. To leave your comfort zone, you must appreciate its outer limits.
  3. Similarly, you must develop an intuitive sense of where your panic zone lies.
  4. Taking on challenges that lie some...

  1. Understanding and capitalizing on personal strengths can be of great use.
  2. Most people have experience leaving the comfort zone in at least one area of life, and there are usually plenty of insights to be uncovered from this experience.

“The comfort zone is a behavioral state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviors to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk.” - Judith Bardwick in her 1991 wor...

  1. The process of moving from the comfort zone to a growth zone may not be linear.
  2. Peaks, troughs, and plateaus often complicate the journey.
  3. Sometimes, we even need to retreat to the comfort zone periodically before mustering the strength to leave a...

Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck’s (2008) work on mindsets marked a paradigm shift in the field of positive psychology.

  • With a fixed mindset, people believe they have set doses of each ability, with a corresponding ceiling on how much they can achieve.
  • The growth mind...

When leaving the comfort zone, fear doesn’t always equate to being in the panic zone. As the above diagram shows, fear can be a necessary step en route to the learning and growth zones.

A habit of expanding our comfort zone equips people to handle change and ambiguity with more poise, leading to resilience.

  • Taking this further, statistician Nassim Taleb (2012) introduced the concept of ‘antifragile’ systems, which “thrive and grow when exposed to ...

As outlined by Albert Bandura (1997), is the belief in being able to execute necessary actions in service of a goal.

Goals that lead to higher self-efficacy are s...

Physiologically, there’s no difference between anxiety and excitement (Smith, Bradley, & Lang, 2005).

Both entail a ‘stress response,’ but whether they’re perceived as positive or negative is a matter of labeling.

Society tends to conceptualize all stress as...

When employed sensitively, honesty can be a tremendous catalyst for personal growth.

Whether being straight with yourself in a or tellin...

In 1907, Robert Yerkes and John Dodson conducted one of the first experiments that illuminated a link between anxiety and performance.

  • They saw that mice became more motivated to complete mazes when given electric shocks of increasing intensity – but only up t...

This is true not just for more tangible types of performance such as being given a stressful new task at work, but also in many life areas such as understanding ourselves, relating to others, and so on.

The core idea is that our nervous systems have a Goldilocks zon...

For many, acts as a powerful incentive to leave the comfort zone.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs operates like a ladder, with the satisfaction of our ‘bas...

Many people want to improve their diets and stop relying on ‘comfort foods.’ Doing so often means trying something new.

Sticking to a healthy diet can be as challenging as it is rewarding, with self-efficacy growing as you hit milestone goals along the way.

Growing your skillset can foster creativity and refresh your , as well as increase employability.

Skills like public speaking, negotiation, and leadership can rep...

It’s okay to take small, methodical steps, as well as larger, bolder ones.

Leaving behind the comfort zone doesn’t mean recklessly throwing caution to the wind. Every step forward is progress.


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Difficulty in stepping out of our comfort zones

Stepping out of our comfort zone to grab hold of opportunities can be difficult.

Sometimes we are not aware of reasons to do so. However, most of the time, our frame of mind is holding us back. Understanding the shifts in thinking can help us step outside ...





Have you ever made a decision that made you uncomfortable? Something for the ‘greater good’ that was out of your comfort zone? If you have, then you would know that pushing past those boundaries of comfort ultimately brings out the best in you.

If you haven’t then I really suggest you do.




The Science of Your "Comfort Zone"

Your comfort zone is a behavioral space where your activities and behaviors fit a routine and pattern that minimizes stress and risk. That provides a state of mental security. 

You benefit in obvious ways: regular happiness, low anxiety, and reduced stress.