How to Leave Your Comfort Zone (for The Better)

Danger is not the opposite of comfort

Gustavo Razzetti
Aug 1, 2018 · 7 min read
Comfortable with being uncomfortable— Pic by Robert Collins

Your life is waiting at the other side of your comfort zone.

Inspirational quotes encourage you to do something you wouldn’t normally do — you are missing out life, they tell you.

Meet Your Comfort Zone

“Discomfort may be a doorway; don’t run from it.” ― Joseph Deitch

According to Merriam-Webster, our comfort zone is the level at which one functions with ease and familiarity. The term was originally coined after the temperature range within which most people feel comfortable, and feel neither cold nor hot (68 to 72 °F or 20 to 22 °C).

The Hebbian version of the Yerkes–Dodson law

Being Comfortably Numb

How to Stretch Your Mind and Grow

“The further you get away from yourself, the more challenging it is. Not to be in your comfort zone is great fun.” Benedict Cumberbatch

1. Find Balance

Living outside of your comfort zone all the time can be as harmful as staying put. Training your mind, like in sports, requires not just effort, but to regulate your pace.

2. Alternate Your Dynamics

To gain better results, mix the intensity and frequency of the challenges.

3. Become Your Own Benchmark

What’s your baseline? How do you deal with risk and uncertainty? What most extremists miss is that everyone’s comfort zone is different — you can’t apply a one-size-fits-all approach.

4. Incremental Progression Changes Your Shape

Expanding your comfort zone requires multiple progressions to achieve long-lasting results.

5. There’s No Trying; There’s Only Doing

Paraphrasing Yoda, trying doesn’t count; it’s doing what matters.



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Gustavo Razzetti

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