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Welcome to 3-2-1 Tuesdays with Better Wellness Naturally- Stepping Beyond Comfort Zone

Updated: May 9

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"In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety."—  Abraham Maslow

3 Keys to Stepping Beyond Comfort Zone:
  1. Acknowledge Fear and Resistance: It's common to experience fear and resistance when stepping outside our comfort zones—and we all experience this. Keep in mind that learning and growth occur outside of the comfort zone and that fear is oftentimes borne of our own projections.

  2. Set Clear Goals and Intentions: Setting clear goals is crucial for navigating outside of our comfort zones—yet setting the Big Hairy Audacious Goals that doing the work of personal development asks of us can be daunting. Breaking goals into specific, actionable, achievable steps helps mitigate the procrastination and hesitations.

  3. Practice Self-Compassion and Persistence: Self-compassion and persistence are essential for moving from our knowns and into a place of action and growth. Thus, it’s important to remember that there is often a learning curve and that setbacks are a natural part of the learning process.

A Couple of Concepts to Consider

The Growth Mindset: The Growth Mindset emphasizes that intelligence and abilities can be developed through dedication, effort, and perseverance. Individuals with a growth mindset embrace challenges, view failures as opportunities for learning, and persist in the face of obstacles.

The Yerkes-Dodson Law: The Yerkes-Dodson Law is a psychological principle that describes the relationship between arousal (or stress) and performance. According to this law, performance initially improves with increasing arousal, but only up to a certain optimal level. Beyond this point, further increases in arousal may lead to a decline in performance. When stepping outside one's comfort zone, moderate levels of stress can enhance motivation and performance, yet excessive stress can impair cognitive function and hinder productivity. Therefore, finding the right balance of stress is essential for optimizing performance when venturing beyond familiar territory.

A Quick Overview:  Embracing Discomfort for Personal Growth

In the realm of personal development, the concept of stepping beyond one's comfort zone has garnered significant attention. Rooted in psychological theories and supported by empirical research, this approach suggests that venturing outside familiar territory is essential for fostering growth, resilience, and overall well-being.

At its core, stepping beyond the comfort zone involves challenging oneself to embrace new experiences, take calculated risks, and confront fears or uncertainties. While this process may induce discomfort or anxiety, it also presents valuable opportunities for learning, self-discovery, and personal transformation.

Numerous studies in psychology and neuroscience have explored the mechanisms underlying the benefits of stepping beyond the comfort zone. For example, research on neuroplasticity has demonstrated the brain's remarkable capacity to adapt and rewire in response to new challenges and experiences. By exposing ourselves to novel stimuli or situations, we can stimulate neural pathways associated with learning and skill acquisition, ultimately enhancing cognitive flexibility and resilience.

One influential concept in this domain is Carol Dweck's theory of mindset, which distinguishes between fixed and growth mindsets. Embracing a growth mindset empowers us to view challenges as opportunities for learning and development, which, in turn, fosters perseverance and resilience. Moreover, the Yerkes-Dodson Law illuminates the relationship between arousal and performance, with moderate levels of stress enhancing motivation and productivity while excessive stress impairs cognitive function.

Venturing beyond our comfort zones offers a pathway to personal growth and, indeed, taps into principles from psychology and neuroscience. By embracing a bit of discomfort, taking some calculated risks, and persevering through challenges, we can broaden our horizons, realize our potentials, and lead more enriching lives.


  • Kashdan, T. B., & Ciarrochi, J. V. (2013). “Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology: The Seven Foundations of Well-Being.” New Harbinger Publications.

  • Dweck, C. S. (2006). Mindset: The new psychology of success. Random House.

  • Yerkes, R. M., & Dodson, J. D. (1908). The relation of strength of stimulus to rapidity of habit-formation. Journal of Comparative Neurology and Psychology.

  • Doidge, N. (2007). The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. Penguin Books.


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