If you’re happily all wrapped up in your plushy, 1000-thread-count comfort zone, good for you. This message isn’t for you. This message is for the person who isn’t content with mediocracy. This message is for the person who wants bigger things, better things, and knows deep down inside that they deserve just that.

So for you, I bring you a few words of encouragement in hopes to convince you to step out of your comfort zone, and take a few risks in life – to get you closer to living the life of your dreams.

8 Reasons Why You Need To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone


1. Without risk, there is no reward.
You want to soar. Make moves. Kill the game. Dream things, do things, achieve things – you want to fly. But you will never fly if you do not jump. You absolutely have to take risks in life to gain rewards. If you don’t take a risk, you’ll never know what could have been. Some of the most successful people in life took risks – not all risks taken may see reward, but you must not let that stop you from taking risks in the first place.


2. You will learn something new.
The definition of insanity is said to be doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different outcome. So if you want change, you’ve got to get out of that comfortable, plushy place that keeps you doing the same thing over and over again. Break out of that because I guarantee you that you will end up learning something new. You’ll meet new people, you’ll see new places, you’ll learn new skills, and you’ll become a better version of yourself.


3. Complacency is a creativity killer.
Creativity in my opinion is the ability to think outside of the box. It’s a lot harder to do that when you’re stuck in the same box every single day. When you’re presented with hard times and placed in new territories, you’ll be surprised at how creative you become. Innovation is not always an option – sometimes it is a necessity.


4. Change will happen, and that’s a good thing.
Ooh, change. A scary thing, isn’t it? New friends, new people, new job, new conversations, new town, new city, new food? Yes, it can all be a bit overwhelming – the thought of it all can be crippling. But once you get over those fearful thoughts, and look past the bad things that could happen – you’ll focus less on where you are now, and where you want to be. One big change might be the one thing you need to get closer to your goals.


5. Confidence takes practice.
I don’t think we’re born confident. It takes practice. It takes a lot of small gains to eventually build up to make you feel like you know what you’re doing. But that’s what makes it so wonderful. If you’re not confident in yourself, that’s probably the best reason to do something crazy and spontaneously awesome – you may fall, but you will pick yourself back up. And afterwards, you’ll be able to pat yourself on the back for it. Do things that scare you. Do things that scare you. Do things that scare you. The more you do things that scare you, the more you’ll realize that you are capable of much more than you thought you were, and the more confident you’ll become.


6. It will set you up for success.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, boo. Success is a journey, not a destination. It’s funny because I sometimes fall victim to the same things that so many people do. Enough is never enough. I’m always thinking about what’s next – instead of looking back to see how far I’ve come. And then be proud of those gains that I’ve made. But when you take yourself out of that cycle, you’ll become stronger, build confidence and become more aware of your strengths, weaknesses, and gains. Stepping out of your comfort zone will set you up for success.


7. Regret is inevitable, but avoidable.
Do you want to spend the rest of your life wondering, what if? Because that is what will happen, if you don’t make the decision to LIVE. The cost of not following your heart, is spending the rest of your life wishing you had. Yes, regret is inevitable, but you have the choice to avoid it the best you can. And I’d rather be regretting what I did do, instead of what I didn’t.


8. Great things never came from comfort zones.
I like to read the stories of some of the most commercially successful (famous) people in life, and I also like to hear the stories of some of the everyday successful people in life – and there’s one thing I learned: everyone did things that scared them. Everyone made tough decisions. Everyone stepped out of their comfort zones.



This post was sponsored by Ford and inspired by their new YouTube series: Switch It Up! They find experts in creative fields, make them step out of their comfort zones and document them attempting something completely different than what they’re used to. (READ: 10 Success Stories of People Who Refused To Quit Pursuing Their Dreams)

Here’s the latest episode with uber-inspirational fitness vlogger + Blogilates founder Cassey Ho:


So I want to ask, what have you struggled with in the past? Are you still struggling with it, and if not – what did you do to overcome your fears and get closer to your goals?


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With love,

  • Becca W.

    Wow. What an inspirational post. Recently, I have come to a decision to do something in my personal life that will push me way past my comfort zone and I was scared to go forward, but reading this reminds me why I stepped out of it in the first place. Thank you. I think you are right on in why one should step out. It is the only way to experience life and learn knew things and that is exactly what I am doing and what I get to look forward to.

    • Becca, you’re awesome. Thank you for your comment and cheers to you!!! xx

  • #5 hit my haard. I really really need to do more things that scare me! I aim to be as confident as you someday ^^

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    • Little by little, step by step! I’m actually really scared of bugs / bees / flying anything – and when I was in provence last year we stopped by these lavender fields. It had been on my bucket list for some time to see these wonderful fields in person. I wanted to walk through but there are so many bees in the fields, it’s unreal – for twenty minutes I just stood outside sweating, trying to decide whether I could get the strength to walk through the fields or not. But I just took a deep breath and walked as quickly as I could – trying not to freak out. It was so scary for me, but I did it. And it may not be jumping off of a plane, or something that extreme – but if it scares you, and you decide to do it anyway – it’s a gain. And little by little, your confidence will build! xx

      • Omigosh thank you for taking your time to write such a sincere and inspirational reply Jinnaa <3 You're so sweet. I'm proud of you for conquering your fear of those bees. I'm not a big fan of bugs as well so I salute you for walking through those fields filled with bees :') I'll start doing those little things that scare me. Hopefully my confidence will build soon ^^

  • This is such a great post, I try so hard to become confident and I know I won’t be able to unless I step out of my comfort zone and I do not want regret not doing all the things I want to due to being to afraid to take a risk to something great that could happen

  • Tiffany

    Awesome post! I think the hardest thing (yet most important) for me to do when it comes to stepping out of my comfort zone is learning something new. I always want to, but I hate feeling like I don’t know what I’m doing! Thanks for the inspirational post!

    • I know what you mean. It’s always scary at first – there have been moments where I regretted doing something crazy, but afterwards – despite the pain/fear/regret – you realize that you actually made a good decision, and that you have the power to overcome obstacles! And you have an awesome story to tell at the end of the day. Take it day by day! xx

  • Queenie Lee

    Loved this post, thanks for the inspo! xx

  • ohitsjo

    Such an inspirational post. I work a corporate 9-5 job and never take the time to go on an adventurous International trip. I noticed that you went on a few trips solo, how was that? I’m such a wuss. I recently went on a trip to New York alone, and that was difficult.