Change: 10 Ways To Knock You Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Here at I am all about helping you pursue your goals and your dreams.  But this is hard to do if you are stuck in your comfort zone.  If you always stay within these boundaries you will never truly know all that is possible.

Here is a list of some of the things you can do to knock you out of your comfort zone and breaek the boundaries that are keeping you from reaching your goals.

1-Change up your routine.

I have already posted about the importance of having a routine.  But sometimes it’s good to break it once in a while to keep from getting too comfortable.  So pick a day to change things up and experience something new.

2-Meet a neighbor.

A great way to get out of your comfort zone while building relationships is to pick a house in your neighborhood and go knock on the door.  If someone answers you can just say that you wanted to meet some of the nice people living in your neighborhood.  If no one answers you can just go to the next house and try again.  (If you live in the country and have no neighbors just think of other ways to meet new people while stepping out of your comfort zone.)

3-Join a club or committee and get involved.

Look in a local paper or go online and find out what kinds of clubs and committees are available to join.  Pick something that interests you but stretches your limits at the same time.  And then get involved.  Don’t just join, but be a regular contributor and try to help it grow.

4-Take a short trip without planning it.

Pick a few days that you have off and decide on a location for a short trip.  But other than packing the essentials, leave without a plan.  Decide as you go, where you will stay and what you will do.  This is a great way to not only stretch yourself but to enjoy a new adventure at the same time.

5-Take on new responsibilities at work.

Be willing to take on new roles and new responsibilities in your job or business.  Decide to not only do them, but to do them well.  One of the keys is not to just make the change but to do it mindfully and with the goal to excel.

6-If you don’t exercise; DO -and- If you do exercise; Double it!

Exercise is essential to good health and a sense of well being, but pushing yourself to go the extra mile is a great way to shake things while building your confidence at the same time.  If you don’t normally exercise, now is the time to start.  Don’t feel like you have to run a marathon.  Just 15 to 20 minutes of lite jogging or brisk walking is all you need to start.  If you already have an exercise routine, look at this as an opportunity to take it to the next level. If you are running 2 miles a day, try 4.  If you are biking 20 miles, then go 40.  This might sound like too much (and you may have to work up to it) but I know you can do it and I know that you will be glad you did.

7-Try some new foods.

This is a fun step.  Look through a cookbook or go online and find some recipes and types of foods that you have never tried.  Then go to the grocery store and get what you need to make these new edibles.  Best case scenario, you find some new foods you like.  Worst case, you broadened your horizons and that’s the main purpose anyway.

8-Set goals that require BIG changes.

Try to set some goals that force you to make some big changes.  Don’t just look at what you think you can do but push yourself to the limits to accomplish the things you want to do (and I know you can do).

9-Learn something new (that you wouldn’t normally learn).

Pick a subject that you wouldn’t normally be interested in and start to learn about it.  Pop online and do a quick search, read some Wiki’s and push your mind to learn something that may not interest you.  This is not only a great brain exercise but a way to expand your understanding of this World.  If you always focus on what you enjoy (which most of us understandably do) you will be greatly limiting your knowledge.  And what I’ve found is that you sometimes even start to enjoy those things that you never thought you would.

Note:  This is also a great way to connect with a wider range of people.  The more you know, the more chance that you will have something to talk about with ‘your neighbor’.

10-Take a hobby to the next level.

Pick one of your hobbies or regular activities and find a way to take it to the next level.  You might try to monetize something or compete with others in that area.  Whatever you decide to do try to make it something that will challenge you.  And who knows, you may find a way to make money while doing something you enjoy.

This is just a short list of some of the ways you can stretch yourself and broaden your horizons.  I hope you get something out of it and feel free to add to it with some of things you’ve done to break free from your comfort zone.


  1. says

    Hey, cool little list. I was just sitting down with my husband yesterday and saying, “Holy crap, we do the same thing every single day.” And the weird part is, we run a home business! We don’t even HAVE to. We don’t drive to work, we don’t have meetings, we don’t need to be at any place at any time. And yet we still follow the same boring routines.

    I think I’m going to use your list as a perfect excuse to get out and take a few days in Niagara Falls or something. That’ll be fun.

  2. says

    Glad to hear you liked the list.
    I actually find it easier to stay in my comfort with my own business. You have total flexibility so it can be tempting to just make things as comfortable as possible. I have to push myself to try new things but I’m always glad when I do.

    It’s good to hear from fellow entrepreneur. Sounds like a great trip to the falls. Enjoy yourselves.

  3. says

    4) We decided to take an impromptu trip to Catalina Island earlier this summer. It was last minute, and wonderful as a result. We felt like we had a two week vacation instead of a single day.

  4. Martin Riedlberger says

    I have a (hopefully) interesting comment to #6 about exercise. About 15 years ago I started to exercise (running, hiking, biking, weight training) so much, that I had to decrease it again and again because it is just taking too much time and probably not healthy anymore, especially for my knees.
    The funny thing is, that in my case the comfort zone was or is exercising very much, and getting out of it is doing less! I almost can’t stand one single day without making some physical exertion, which causes this “comfortable’ tiredness. I hate sitting around all day and getting tired “without a cause”. Maybe somehow I’m addicted to this state of the body.

    My exercise is very basic and simple and it I’m doing it mostly alone. It makes me feel good often but doesn’t train intelligence or mental abilities and it seperates me from social contacts.
    Another negative side effect is that my hunger grew much and I’m eating really big amounts, which I enjoy on the one side, because I love eating, but it takes a lot of time of course and on the long term it’s probably bad for the alimentary system.
    But most important is the time aspect. It really consumed a lot of time that I should have spent with other things. It really become my comfort zone, and meanwhile it is holding me back from getting new experiences and personal growth, although in the beginning it was a big challenge for a physical weak and untrained person.

    Of course just doing less is not my only intention, but to eliminate the negative aspects, i.e. doing more with other people and not only “simple” exercise. Very effective in both aspects are martial arts , of which I’m fascinated since years, but I found that the fight aspect doesn’t work for me, maybe i’m too “peaceful” and I have no interest in competing with others. But I started again with the “soft” version, Taijiquan and meditation. I did this already for some time, but I failed. Practicing Taiji or meditating 20 minutes really concrated seems to be harder for me than running 2 hours!

  5. says

    @Martin: I’m like you in the fact that I can’t stand to not participate in some sort of cardio workout each day. I know what it’s like to be consumed by exercise and, as you stated, miss out on some of the more important things in life because of it. So I can certainly see how you can have a sort of opposite comfort zone issue than most others. But you are certainly not alone.

    It sounds like you have a better handle on it now and are enjoying a good balance of physical exercise and the enjoyment of relationships. Thanks for sharing you thoughts with us.


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