Stretch your comfort zone (quotes)


Expand your comfort zone by doing what feels uncomfortable


Deliberately look for ways to stretch your comfort zone  …

  • Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Get comfortable with being uncomfortable! Jillian Michaels
  • You won’t know your limits until you try to extend them and even then, one has to break out of his/her comfort zone to appreciate that effort. Martin Dansky
  • Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers.
  • If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness. Les Brown
  • Every now and then, bite off more than you can chew. Jackson Brown, Jr
  • Stepping outside of your comfort zone will put things into perspective from an angle you can’t grasp now. Marc and Angel Chernoff
  • Every now and then bite off more than you can chew. Kobi Yamada
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… by doing uncomfortable things

  • Expand your comfort sphere by doing uncomfortable things. Getting phone numbers from attractive strangers. Negotiating for prices everywhere you go. Asking your boss for a raise. Lying down on your back in the middle of a crowded pub. Timothy Ferris
  • Comfort zones are most often expanded through discomfort. Peter McWilliams

The rewards


Stretching your comfort zone brings growth

  • Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone. John Maxwell
  • You only ever grow as a human being if you’re outside your comfort zone. Percy Cerutty
  • Fear, uncertainty and discomfort are your compasses toward growth. Celestine Chua
  • … by stretching yourself beyond your perceived level of confidence you accelerate your development of competence. Michael J. Gelb 
  • You can only grow if you’re willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. Brian Tracy
  • Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. Brian Tracy
  • In any given moment, a man’s growth is optimized if he leans just beyond his edge, his capacity, his fear. He should not be too lazy, happily stagnating in the zone of security and comfort. Nor should he push far beyond his edge, stressing himself unnecessarily, unable to metabolize his experience. He should lean just slightly beyond the edge of fear and discomfort. Constantly. In everything he does. David Deida
  • I’m continually trying to make choices that put me against my own comfort zone. As long as you’re uncomfortable, it means you’re growing. Ashton Kutcher
  • 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. Harv Eker
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Stretching your comfort zone opens possibilities and potential

  • We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better. JoyBell C.
  • Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. Andre Gide
  • The boat is safer anchored at the port; but that’s not the aim of boats. Paulo Coelho
  • If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are? S. Eliot
  • Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go. T. S. Eliot
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Stretching your comfort zone aids learning

  • Use this secret for developing receptivity: Learn to love situations which make you uncomfortable. That is the only way you can learn to be comfortable everywhere. Vernon Howard
  • I wanted to be scared again… I wanted to feel unsure again. That’s the only way I learn, the only way I feel challenged. Connie Chung
  • In breaking away from the familiar and the expected, you’ll be forced and privileged to face greater challenges, learn harder lessons, and really get to know yourself. Kelly Cutrone
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Stretching your comfort zone awakens aliveness and adventure

  • Don’t be afraid to expand yourself, to step out of your comfort zone. That’s where the joy and the adventure lie. Herbie Hancock
  • Spirit seeks expression through you. The very nature of being alive is participation, expansion, change, and progress. You were put here not to cower before obstacles, limitations, or dangers but to reach beyond your comfort horizon and dare to embrace your fears as opportunities for learning.  Cash Peters
  • Enjoyment appears at the boundary between boredom and anxiety, when the challenges are just balanced with the person’s capacity to act. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. Pema Chodron
  • I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place, when they can fly all over the earth. Then I ask myself the same question.
  • The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure- thing boat never gets far from shore. Dale Carnegie
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Stretching your comfort zone brings achievement

  • Comfort is the enemy of achievement. Farrah Gray
  • In Biology, you learn about “Homeostasis”–the steady state humans are wired to cling to in order to survive as a species. But here’s the thing: a lot of that set up was what we needed hundreds of years ago when we fought tigers and leopards and faced exceedingly hard environments. To leave the steady state would have meant death. And extinction. Guaranteed.  We now live in a world with more resources/comforts/safety than ever before. And yet we still run the old routines. We still subconsciously fight change. We still get scared when we leave the comfort zone.  But without change and discomfort, there can be no progress and achievement.  Robin S. Sharma
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Stretching your comfort zone opens the portal to what you want

  • Most everything that you want is just outside your comfort zone. Jack Canfield
  • Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone. Robert Allen

Stretching your comfort zone by embracing change

  • The discomfort of change is better than the heartbreak of stagnation. Robin Sharma
  • The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself. JoyBell C.
  • Change is scary, and if you aren’t regularly uncomfortable, you’re probably spending too much time in the kiddie pool. Henri Junttila
  • If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. Fred Devito
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Not stretching your comfort zone comes at a price 

  • The Comfort Zone is supposed to keep your life safe, but what it really does is keep your life small. Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
  • The Comfort Zone makes us feel good in the moment. Who cares what the future penalty will be? But the penalty does come, bringing with it the worst pain of all—the knowledge that you’ve wasted your life. Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
  • If you don’t keep expanding your comfort zone, your comfort zone actually gets smaller and smaller, until you’re shrink- wrapped in such a tiny comfort zone that you can’t move, you can’t achieve anything, you can’t grow. Roz Savage
  • Comfort is state of being in which to find rest and renewal for a short time; it is a dreary and dismal place to remain permanently. If you don’t challenge yourself on a regular basis, your abilities and effectiveness will become stale and weak.  Marc Chernoff 
  • Nobody ever died of discomfort, yet living in the name of comfort has killed more ideas, more opportunities, more actions, and more growth than everything else combined. Comfort kills! Harv Eker

Withstanding discomfort


Our addiction to our comfort zone is all about escaping pain 

  • Strange as it might seem, merely escaping pain isn’t enough for us. We insist that the pain be replaced with pleasure. We do this with an endless array of addictive activities: Internet surfing, drugs and alcohol, pornography, the aptly named “comfort food.” Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
  • Whatever your Comfort Zone consists of, you pay a huge price for it. Life provides endless possibilities, but along with them comes pain. If you can’t tolerate pain, you can’t be fully alive. Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
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Learn to withstand discomfort 

  • Focus on the pain you’re avoiding; see it appear in front of you as a cloud. Silently scream, “Bring it on!” to demand the pain; you want it because it has great value. 2. Scream silently, “I love pain!” as you keep moving forward. Move so deeply into the pain you’re at one with it. 3. Feel the cloud spit you out and close behind you. Say inwardly, “Pain sets me free!” As you leave the cloud, feel yourself propelled forward into a realm of pure light. Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
  • You’re not desiring pain because you’re masochistic; you’re desiring pain so you can shrink it. Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
  • When you’re moving toward it, pain shrinks and becomes less intimidating. You can now move through it into an expanded world of endless possibility. Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
  • Your experience of pain changes relative to how you react to it. Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
  • Nature gave us pain as a messaging device to tell us that we are approaching, or that we have exceeded, our limits in some way. At the same time, nature made the process of getting stronger require us to push our limits. Gaining strength is the adaptation process of the body and the mind to encountering one’s limits, which is painful. In other words, both pain and strength typically result from encountering one’s barriers. Ray Dalio