Discover your life outside the comfort zone

Comfort Zone

What you'll gain and how you'll do it

It's no secret: Great things happen outside our comfort zone. But leaving this zone demands a lot from us. Here's why it's worth taking that step every now and then, and how you can do it.

What you gain

Jumping into the unknown and the uncomfortable allows you to evolve. You have the chance to reach the next level and grow as a person. It's important to take the steps that we don't know the end of.

But why is that?

We can only develop if we leave our comfort zone. Fear always comes first, but when that is overcome, the learning zone and the growth zone come. In this way, a small comfort zone becomes a growing circle in the long run. Your comfort zone becomes bigger and bigger.

Every time we are afraid to leave our comfort zone, it could be an indication that this is exactly what we should be doing. For example, you might want to give feedback to your colleague because their loud phone calls are bothering you at work and you just can't concentrate. But it could also be that you want to leave exactly this job, discover new things and grow beyond yourself, but you just haven't dared to do it yet.


Step by step out of the comfort zone

  • The first step is to overcome the fear: "I don't want to do/say that, it might be embarrassing."
  • Then it's a matter of learning, "I did it and it was one of the most exciting moments of my life."
  • The final step is then to grow from it: "I can do/say this one thing and thus make a change/prove strength/etc."

    7 ideas of what you could start with

    Face your challenges - it's the only way you'll conquer fear. It's the only way you learn. It's the only way you grow. Sounds easier than done? Here are some ideas for you to take the first steps out of your comfort zone:

    Approach colleagues you never talk to.
    Talk to strangers on the street.
    Say something nice to the cashier at the supermarket.
    Go out of the house without makeup on when you usually do.
    Speak up in a meeting and ask a question if you never do.
    Go on a blind date.
    Cook with food you never use.


As you can see, even small things can make a big difference. Because that's how you train your flexibility. Ultimately, this is also about habits - good habits that you can train and that strengthen you. There are endless ways you can do this.

Take it one step at a time and expand your "comfort space" - you'll see it's worth it.

Debora Karsch