Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
We are a lot like caged lions. We have the ability to rule our kingdom. To take dominion over our territory. To lead ourselves to our goals. But we don’t because we are confined by the cage that we build ourselves. AKA our comfort zone.
Where dreams die, where aspirations fizzle, where hopes are crushed. It is a toxic place that holds us back from living an abundant life. I am not just talking financially abundant. I am talking about love, friendship, spiritual, travel. EVERYTHING.
The more we retreat to the comfort zone, the bigger this waste land get’s. But the more we escape the comfort zone, the more we are able to break through the walls that we build. Escaping to the other side. Where happiness and courage lives.
And just remember that some of the best things that have came out of our lives came from times where we stepped outside our comfort zones. Even potentially conquered it.
Also, we link uncomfortable things to pain. But when it comes to getting out of your comfort zone, you are simply sacrificing short term pain for long term pleasure and victory.
This is a shift that we can make when looking out the things we want to overcome.
But how do we break to this other side more readily and often?
Well below I offer you tips on how to do so as well as actual actionable ways to do so that you can start doing TODAY.
Enjoy my good friends.
How To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone (11 Tips)
Switch Up Easy Stuff
The first easy step to getting out of your comfort zone is to simply switch things up. Start with going down different streets on the way home. Use the hand opposite of your dominant hand to brush your teeth in the morning. Tie your shoe on the other side of where you usually start first. Go workout at a new gym. Wake up ten minutes early. Switch the furniture up around your house or even face your bed a different direction.
All of these things are small, but will get us in the head space of feeling discomfort and proceeding forward anyways.
Push Through Physical Resistance
The other way to break out of your comfort zone is do things that are physically uncomfortable. This includes things like waking up early, not hitting the snooze button, continuing working when you are tired and have the option to give up. Even things like taking cold showers. When we push ourselves physically, we naturally make our mental strength stronger. This is the key to STAY outside our comfort zones and creating an expansion on the zone itself.
Stream Of Consciousness
Write down every single thing that comes to mind that you think is good about stepping out of your comfort zone. Because in life, if our reason isn’t big enough to do something, our fear will be. Simply creating a big enough reason(s) why you want to step out of your comfort zone can help you have some breakthroughs. Just do a stream of consciousness to where you write out all the benefits. Then when you are having trouble finding other benefits, keep going. This is where you will find the deeper reasons that are more emotionally driven and less superficial. The ones that will resonate with you and keep you on the path of your goal of stepping out of your comfort zone.
Do Things That Scare You!
This may be the obvious one, but it works. Doing things that scares us will automatically allow us to step out of our comfort zone. Often just confronting WHAT scares us can be a big step out of our comfort zones for most of us. WikiHow talks about how you can do something everyday that scares you, as a reminder of how we can keep ourselves on our toes. Some of the tips are:
Create a list of your fears. Our fears are pretty good at staying submerged under the dark waters of our subconscious. We can bring them to the surface by writing them out. Take some time for this exercise. Often times if you give yourself enough time, you will find fears in you that you never new existed. Create a diary just for this and keep it with you so that you can write down fears, worries and anxieties as they come up.
Do your best not to avoid fears as they are coming up. Don’t judge yourself. Everyone has fears. Ours may seem bigger than other peoples fears. Or we may be ashamed because we have them. But everyone’s life is different. We are all coming from different vantage points. Don’t judge your fears. Just write them out. Suppressing them will only keep us in our comfort zone.
Take one fear at a time an slowly start to attack it. If it helps you, enlist a friend to help you through fears. For example if you are scared of heights, maybe have a friend climb up a latter with you and even one day go bungee jumping with you.
Also, we stay in our comfort zone a lot of times due to embarrassment That we will look foolish doing something. Throw this out the window. Instead, don’t care what people think. This is your time where you are going to grow from dong things you are scared of doing. Just know that you are growing and that peoples opinions don’t matter.
After you have tackled one fear and have mastered it as much as you want to, move onto the next! Take bite size pieces out of it or eat the whole thing! Whatever helps you get past those fears!
Make It One of Your Core Values
What we get in life as well as what actions we take in life are directly related to our core values. For example if health is one of the most important things to you, your body will most likely look great. Or at least you are taking the actions to get you there.
The same can be true with getting us out of your comfort zone. If it means a lot to you, then literally make it into one of your core values for your life. Make it an important part of your day. Schedule times of day where you look at your fears, take action on them as well as make a plan for conquering other things that keep you in your comfort zone. You can even make one of your core values to be “Live life with a growth mindset.”
Throw Away Your Story
We tell stories to ourselves and we believe them. This includes stories that are keeping us in our comfort zone. But as Tony Robbins says, we need to “Divorce our stories, and marry the truth.” When we do this, we see our limitations are simply self imposed and we can let go of them.
As Soon As You Are Comfortable, Act
At the end of the day, when we are feeling comfortable there is no growth. When we are going through our day to day lives, we find ourselves feeling comfortable when we know we should be acting.
We are sitting on the courage when we know we should be at the gym. We reach for that next drink when we know we should simply go home. We know we should take the dog for a walk but don’t want to.
When you catch yourself in these types of situations, act. Jump up and do the thing that you don’t want to do. You will literally run head on into your discomfort. Don’t tip toe around it. Just do it. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to not do the thing that you are dreading or know you should be doing.
Don’t Think of It Being Uncomfortable
When we think about our comfort zone, we get a warm fuzzy feeling. It provides safety from the unknown. But when we think of the other side of the fence, doing what is “uncomfortable, we freeze up.
Instead of using the word “uncomfortable” use other words that are less emotionally charged. I like to use the word “irritation”. It is less scary to use and makes me feeling like I am already bigger than my fear that I am trying to face.
Find your own word that works for you that you can replace “uncomfortable” with.
Challenge Your Status Quo
At the end of the day a comfort zone is simply a default mechanism that we reinforce in order to not feel out of control. We like it because it is the same, day in and day out. But in order to switch this up, we need to challenge our status quo. So look for things in life that you have been running on default on. Things like hating cops, becoming negative when you are around family, getting pissed when your team loses.
However you usually react, react exactly opposite. This will force you out of your comfort zone very quickly. And at the same time also give you the feeling that YOU choose your reaction. We think we ARE our reactions. We are simply reacting to a subconscious program.
So instead of hating cops, instead see them as underpaid people protecting us. And simply people just like us that are doing their job. And just like everyone else, want to make their money and go home.
Seeing things from an opposing perspective of how you always see things will get you out of your comfort zone. And get you off autopilot.
Stop Trying To Perfect
Most of us are trying to get through life with as little injuries as possible. Not making any waves, minding our business and not getting into any trouble. But what kind of life is this? In order to get out of our comfort zone, we need to break the training wheels off. Choose growth over safety.
So when you catch yourself wanting to play it safe, ACT. If there is an argument you are about to get into, get into it. If there is someone you want to go ask out, go and do it.
You can only fall as far as the ground. That is not that far. I mean at the end of the day the worst thing we can do is get laughed at or lose an argument.
But express yourself truly. Don’t suppress things. Live like children do. Blatantly stating how we feel and blatantly living like we want to.
This means escaping the labels people in our lives gave us. Letting go of the jobs, titles and personality traits that other bestowed on us.
This way you can truly operate from your true source. Even if it pisses people off. You will be OK with being unperfect.
And when you do this, it feels damn good. At first if will feel tough, weird and downright scary. But the more you do this, the better you feel. You are being HUMAN. You are being more of yourself. And that is when your comfort zone truly expands so that you can reach new levels of breakthroughs. And the expansion of your comfort zone just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
Be Completely Real With Yourself About What You Want
There are so many goals and dreams that the world stows away. Out of fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of people not supporting them. Fear for people leaving them if they do succeed. So many fears hold us back from chasing after our dreams.
But in order for us to get out of our comfort zone, we have to dig out old dreams and dust them off.
I don’t care what the fears and limiting beliefs that are holding you back from them. Find those goals and take action on them TODAY.
Otherwise one day they will become regrets and create resentment.
Even if it is doing something small towards your goal daily. Just make some steps forward toward something you buried. You will blow through your comfort zone by doing this.
Actions You Can Do Do Step Out of Your Comfort Zone (Uncomfortable Things)
Below are a few different actions you can do in your daily life to take you out of your comfort zone. Now many of these may seem trivial or simply not that “intense”. But getting out of your comfort zone doesn’t have to be done in some sort of catastrophic fashion. It can of course be done in a catastrophic way.
But most of us just aren’t built that way. But by doing small things each day that force us out of our comfort zones, we will build momentum and the mental strength to stand up to our bigger giants.
Below are 135 ways to get out of your comfort zone.
- Go A Day Without Coffee
- Call, write or text and enemy and forgive them. Hell even do so one social media.
- Ask that certain person out.
- When ordering dinner at a restaurant, tell the waiter to surprise you with their favorite entree.
- Strike up a conversation with a complete stranger.
- Track where you are spending your money.
- Stop being a perfectionist. Or START.
- Post something controversial on social media, or bring up some controversial subject during a chat with friends or family.
- Say NO to people.
- Take responsibility for EVERYTHING in your life.
- Set standards for your life that other people abide by.
- Stop gossiping when people are doing so around you. Tell them to STOP.
- Watch a movie in a foreign language so you have to follow along with subtitles.
- Listen to a genre you have never gotten into.
- Learn a new skill.
- Admit a fault to yourself or someone else.
- Parking in a different spot in the parking lot than you usually do. Like at the gym and work.
- Being more assertive at work and in relationships.
- Doing something creative instead of watching Netflix or TV.
- Doing a one day fast.
- Eliminating a certain food from your diet.
- Going a day without social media.
- Canceling your TV subscription.
- Quitting a bad habit.
- Learning a new language.
- Seeing things from someone else’s perspective.
- Disagree more with people.
- Go hitchhiking.
- Join Toastmasters.
- Try online dating.
- Make honesty the only policy.
- Try out a new food wherever you go. Both while dining and when you are shopping.
- Smile at people as you pass them on the street.
- Learn how to play an instrument.
- Letting go of the past.
- Hold a tarantula.
- Swim with sharks.
- Talk to someone in an elevator.
- Put your goals on social media for all your friends to see.
- Have someone keep you accountable for your goals and have consequences if you don’t hit them.
- Go to a different church or a church that practices a different religion.
- Stay silent for a whole day.
- Question your own beliefs.
- Don’t drink or smoke when you want to.
- Cook a food at home that you would usually pay for at a restaurant. Look for the recipe online and then try to make it taste the same!
- Tip extra to your next waiter.
- Order something you normally wouldn’t at the restaurants you frequently go to.
- Start a business.
- Start a non-profit.
- Eat somewhere fancy, somewhere you would never go. Dress down for the occasion. Making it more uncomfortable.
- Leave the TV off for an entire week.
- Go on a spontaneous day trip.
- Ask someone in your life for constructive criticism.
- Practice self reflection.
- Dress up and go somewhere where people are not dressed up. Like a coffee shop.
- Share your pain, either past or present, with someone close to you.
- Move to a different city.
- Do 100 push ups and 100 sit ups right when you wake up.
- Go streaking LOL.
- Ask for a discount on the thing you buy next. From coffee, clothes, food and everything in between.
- Ask your boss for a raise. If he/she says no then ask what you can do to deserve a raise.
- Travel alone somewhere.
- Eat desert first then an appetizer and then your main entree!
- Walk somewhere you would normally drive to.
- Wash your car instead of having it washed.
- Give a stranger a hug.
- Stay up the entire night.
- Go zip-lining.
- Listen to a new song ever single day.
- Sing karaoke and sing a song you don’t know!
- Buy a new color you never wear and wear it often for a week.
- Research things before you make a black and white stand about it.
- Volunteer your time. Or even raise money or start a charity.
- Workout more often. And switch your workout routines up more often.
- Eat dinner outside instead of inside.
- Join a sports league in your area.
- Go a day without meat (Or a meal with meat if you are a vegan)
- Be willing to we wrong and admit when you are
- Stop looking back to the past. When you do, think of something you are looking FORWARD to.
- Don’t put on makeup, put in gel, or even shower for a day! No cosmetics for one day.
- Go to a movie or to dinner by yourself.
- Take up improv lessons.
- Go thrift store shopping.
- Tell people your from a place you aren’t from when they ask. Make up a story and elaborate. Keep doing so until you have created a total alter ego!
- Crash a wedding.
- Participate in a flash dance!
- Tithe or donate more than you usually would. Or tithe to a cause outside your church. Or somewhere else other than where you can USED TO donating to.
- Be completely honest with someone. Instead of being cliche.
- Have sex in somewhere public.
- Pursue a job that intimidates you.
- Throw a big costume party.
- Stop conforming to how just ONE person wants you to be. Usually people in churches or immediate friends. Be completely candid and yourself around these people.
- Dive into a pool with all of your clothes still on. (Take the iphone out though before hand!)
- Pay someones dinner tab when you are out.
- Practice more self love.
- Watch a documentary when you want to watch a movie.
- Read the newspaper when you can easily go online.
- Create a new good habit and stick to them for 30 days.
- Create a mission statement for your life.
- Create a core values list.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Don’t like for a month.
- Journal every day more a month if you don’t already.
- Refrain from complaining for a day or even a week!
- Tell the waiter it is your birthday when it isn’t.
- Prank one of your buddies
- Use an accent next time you go to the coffee shop and order or when talking to a stranger.
- Learn 100 new words this month and use them whenever you can.
- Make lunch for someone and bring it to them for no reason.
- Take a shot without a chaser.
- Research the worlds of a song you have been mumbling to see what the real words are.
- Do a heel click in the middle of a crowded space.
- Sing loud in the middle of a crowded space.
- Laugh at yourself more often.
- Doodle or draw something for a month. Create a masterpiece!
- Spend a couple of minutes per day simply laughing. It is healing!
- Learn a magic trick.
- Learn how to make a a couple difficult alcoholic drinks.
- Mail a random person a dozen roses.
- Read autobiographies of great people instead of mindless reading.
- Brush your teeth longer than normal.
- Drive with your other hand as the main hand or even on drive with both hands on the wheel, 10 and 2!
- Take a super fast shower.
- Give someone the last slice or last piece when you want it so bad!
- Let someone go in front of you when waiting for a table.
- Learn how to do a back flip on a trampoline and then from the ground!
- Wear some gotty jewelry! Either fake or real if your ballin!
- Prank call someone!
- Sleep in a position that you normally don’t sleep in.
- If your a man wear a beard style you never wear or shave it if you haven’t done so in a long time.
- Get a new haircut you aren’t used to.
- Eat clean for a month straight, no fast food at all whatsoever.
- Shop somewhere you normally don’t shop.
- Quote an epic movie line aloud in a crowd or do an impersonation on the street corner and put a tip jar out!
- Ask your wife or husband to remarry you!
- Read a post on a different blog everyday and comment on it!
- Write a poem.
55 Comfort Zone Quotes
- “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neal Donald Walsch
- “Do not allow your comfort zone to prevent you from adapting to change or from trying new ventures.” – Bryon Pulsifer
- “A ship is always safe at shore, but that is not what it’s built for.” – Albert Einstein
- “A good portion of the things you want in life is outside your comfort one.” – Idowu Koyenikan
- “Constantly push yourself out of your comfort zone and face your fears.” – Nathan Ergang
- “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing grows there.”
- “When you step out of your comfort zone, you are stepping into your greatness.”
- “Sometimes, taking a step outside of your comfort zone can be scary. But with a little bit of confidence and a couple steps at a time, some pretty amazing things can happen. So go ahead and take that first step, yes, you can do it. Your goals are waiting for you.” – Heather Stillufsen
- “Be willing to get out of your comfort zone, if you want to grow.” – Chelsea Vincent
- “To move to a new level in your life, you must break through your comfort zone and do things that are not comfortable.” – T. Harv Veker
- “In any given moment, we have two options. Step forward into growth, or step back into safety.” – Abraham Maslow
- “Life will only change when you become more committed to you dreams than you are to your comfort zone.” – Billy Cox
- “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.”
- “You are only confined by the walls you build yourself.”
- “Step so far outside your comfort zone that you forget how to get back.”
- “Get out of your comfort zone and take a step of faith. You can’t play it safe and expect to reach your highest potential.” – Joel Osteen
- “A comfort zone is nothing but a belief, a mere reflection of your thoughts. You desire something better yet you fear change. Self-doubt will bind you there, belief is all you need.”
- “It’s OK to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.”
- “If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.”
- “God has given you the power and desire to change but you still need to be willing to do the work. Doing the work means facing your fears and getting out of your comfort zone.” – Michael Barbarulo
- “The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity, moving beyond it’s necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears.” – Dan Stevens
- “It’s really hard to get comfortable being uncomfortable all the time. But when you do, amazing things happen.”
- “I constantly get out of my comfort zone. Looking cool is the easiest way to mediocrity. The coolest guy in my high school ended up working at a car wash. Once you push yourself into something new, a whole new world of opportunities opens up. But you might get hurt, in fact you will get hurt, but amazingly when you heal, you are somewhere you have never been.” – Terry Crews
- “Find your uncomfortzone.”
- “Comfort zone: A beautiful place where nothing gets done.”
- “Outside of the comfort zone is where the magic happens.”
- “All the concepts about stepping out of your comfort zone mean nothing until you decide that your essential purpose, vision and goals are more important that the self-imposed limitation.” – Robert White
- “Don’t be afraid to take an unfamiliar path. Sometimes they are the ones that take you to the best places.”
- “Find your comfort zone, then leave it.”
- “Comfort zones. Where your unrealized dreams are buried. Are the enemies of achievement.” – Roy T. Bennett
- “It wouldn’t kill you to get out of your comfort zone a little bit.” – Jenny Han
- “It;s you VS your comfort zone.”
- “Are you really happy? Or just comfortable?”
- “Our comfort zones can be our greatest enemy to our potential.”
- “If your circle doesn’t challenge you to grow beyond your comfort zone, then you are definitely in the wrong circle.” – Edmond Mbiaka
- “My experience is that you cannot have everything you want but you can anything you really want. You just need to decide what it is and then plan your exit from the comfort zone.” – Jonathan Farrington
- “There are wonders to see, to feel, to enjoy once you get out of your comfort zone.”
- “If we are growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.”
- The new year means nothing is you’re still in love with your comfort zone.”
- “There are wonders to see, to feel, to enjoy one you get out of your comfort zone.”
- “The best piece of advice someone has ever given me was ‘do it scared’. And no matter if you’re scared, just go ahead and do it anyways because you might as well do it scared, so it will get done and you will feel so much better if you step out of your comfort zone.” – Sherri Shepherd
- “Our culture has a tendency to pigeonhole people and to try to tearn down anyboy who’s breaking out of your comfort zone. That’s why we get into these cultural ruts that end up being destructive prejudices. But breaking out of the comfort zone is the most rewarding thing you can do in your life. It do my best to push myself, when I can.” – Joseph Gordon-Levitt
- “Comfort is your biggest trap and coming out of comfort zone is your biggest challenge.”
- “When you go out of your comfort zone and it works, there’s nothing more satisfying.” – Kristen Wiig
- “Whenever you feel uncomfortable, instead of retreating back into your old comfort zone, pat yourself on the back and say, “I must be growing” and continue moving forward.” – T. Harv Eker
- “Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.” – Rapunzel
- “When was the last time you did something for the first time.”
- “Who you’ll be next year, that’s unknown. Shock yourself out of your comfort zone, because that’s going to lead you to the next version of yourself.” – Jad Abumrad
- “Be fearless. Have the courage to take risks. Go where there are no guarantees. Get out of your comfort zone even if it means being uncomfortable. The road less traveled is sometimes fraught with barricades, bumps and uncharted terrain. But it is on that road where your character is truly tested. And have the courage to accept that you’re not perfect, nothing is and no one is and that is OK.” – Katie Couic
- “Make life about more than just you. Take the world around transform it for the sake of others. Do a good deed for your neighbors. Smile at strangers. Volunteer for a bigger purpose and don’t expect anything in return. The first step to redemption is digging yourself out of the hole you dug around yourself and dedicating your time to others. When the world stops revolving around your comfort zone and draws in the needs of others, you may quickly break the chains that hold you back from reaching your ultimate goal.” – Leigh Hershkovich
- “If you want to fly, you need to grow up. To grow up, you need to be a kid again. To be a kid again, you just have to be yourself. So come out of your cozy comfort zone. Yell out and break the boundaries you are stuck in. Then only you can fly.” – Vikrmn
- “You need to get outside of your comfort zone to write songs that are interesting, songs that are compelling, songs that are different from what other people are writing.” – Macklemore
- “Here’s an equation I want you to remember for the rest of your life. CZ = WZ. It means your comfort zone equals your wealth zone. By expanding your comfort zone, you will expand the size of your income and wealth zone.” – T. Harv Veker
- “Your comfort zone is your enemy.”
- “Coming out of your comfort zone is tough in the beginning, chaotic in the middle and awesome in the end, because in the end, it shows you a whole new world. Make an attempt.”
Conclusion To Getting Out of My Comfort Zone
At the end of the day, as we face more and more of our fears and discomforts, the more and more we tap into our potential. It feels good and we feel good about ourselves.
But most people won’t do this. That is whey we have people that die with so many regrets. But you are not going to be one of these people.
Starting today, you will do what is tough. You will step into the unknown. And come out a stronger you.
I hope this article helped you and inspired you to get jump of your comfort zone.
I would love to hear what you thought about it in the comment section below!
Peace my good friends.