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4 Reasons Why Your Comfort Zone Is Holding You Back

Updated: May 17, 2023





It’s understandable that you want to stay inside your comfort zone – after all, that’s the easiest thing to do! It’s where you feel safe, it’s where you don’t open yourself up to criticism and hurt, and it removes tough decisions from your life.

Despite these so-called “benefits” of staying inside your comfort zone, you’re really doing yourself a disservice by not putting yourself out there!


It's important to recognize the dangers that come with staying in your comfort zone. There is always potential for growth and improvement if you are willing to step out of your comfort zone and take risks.


Doing things outside of your comfort zone can be scary, but it can also open up new opportunities or experiences that would otherwise have been unattainable. 


Here are 4 reasons why staying inside your comfort zone is ultimately hurting you:


1) It Takes Action to Create Change


If your life isn’t where you want it to be then you can blame other people all you like, but you are the only one truly responsible for your circumstances. If you stick to your comfort zone, to what you know, without ever changing, how can you expect your life to get any better?


As difficult as it is, leaving your comfort zone can bring lots of positive changes to your life. It can be intimidating and even scary at first, but the rewards of growth and development far outweigh any potential anxieties you may feel.


2) You Can’t Grow Unless You Stretch


Without stretching outside of your comfort zone, you’ll never grow as a person. Think about people who are true masters in their field. Do you think they weren’t scared before they started? Do you think it was easy for them to just try something new and get good at it overnight? It wasn’t!


By taking small steps into unfamiliar territory, you will become more confident in yourself and learn how to stretch outside of the boundaries that have kept you from reaching your full potential. So take a chance today – who knows where it could lead?


Every time you take a small step outside of your comfort zone, you grow as a person. Your comfort zone grows that much bigger as a result, making it easier and easier to stretch yourself to new limits.


3) You’ll Never Discover Your True Identity


If you stick to what you already know, then you’ll never find your true identity and calling in life. Even if you think you’ve already found it, there could be something you haven’t tried that lights you up and introduces you to even more amazing things!


Taking risks also shows you parts of your personality that might otherwise have stayed hidden. They can show you that you’re a lot stronger than you ever thought you were. In turn, these new realizations will make it easier and easier to try new things in the future.


4) Sometimes Holding Back Can Hurt You MORE


There’s something that feels uncomfortable about knowing you’re holding back and staying within your comfort zone. It’s that nagging feeling that you should be doing more. When the pain of this feeling becomes more painful than what you’re really scared of, it’s time to push forward and try new things!


It’s not about taking drastic action and doing everything you’re terrified of. It’s about taking small steps, on a regular basis, so that your comfort zone just keeps on growing. Good luck!



Final Thoughts


Try something small today that takes you one step closer to reaching your goals and expanding beyond what you thought was possible.


Stretching your comfort zone is one of the most important things you can do to grow as a person. It may be hard and uncomfortable at first, but by taking small steps in new directions, you can start to reap the benefits of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Whether it’s going for that job promotion, starting a new side hustle or simply trying something different from time-to-time – maybe even today! – give yourself permission to embrace change and challenge yourself to become better each day.

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