Measure Your Comfort Zone

Measure Your Comfort Zone

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Measuring Your Comfort Zone

Peter Drucker famously said “What gets measured, gets managed”. What if you could measure your comfort zone? Would this encourage more people to face their challenges and live more exciting lives?

Just imagine if you could actually measure your comfort zone.  How big would yours be?  Would it be the size of your comfy chair?  Or perhaps your living room?  Or maybe your basement where you watch a little tv, shoot a little pool and play games on your computer?  Or maybe you have already begun expanding your comfort zone and now it is as big as your neighbourhood.  Perhaps you have begun doing some travelling and have expanded your comfort zone to include flying and going to many different countries around the world.

Well, you can measure your comfort zone.  Check this out.

“In 2012, after a conversation about comfort zones with Derek Sivers, I decided to build this tool as an experiment to see whether measuring comfort zones was possible, and whether it would be useful to people.

Since then, over 24,000 people have measured their comfort zone.The algorithm has also been approved as scientifically valid by registered psychologists at Deakin University.  This tool remains free for everyone. My only request is that you take action and do something outside of your comfort zone.”

 Marcus Taylor

To continuing to stretch your comfort zone

Fran Watson




P.S.  What were your results from the Comfort Zone Quiz?

Here are my results:

Your Score Breakdown

Professional Comfort Zone Score : 91.9/100

Adrenaline Comfort Zone Score : 39.6/100

Lifestyle Comfort Zone Score : 88.6/100

Your overall score is 73.3/100, this is calculated by taking a mean average of your adrenaline, professional, and lifestyle comfort zone scores. Your score has been segmented into these three areas to help you focus on what’s most important to you right now. We’ve offered several suggestions below to hopefully inspire you with some things you can do right now to grow your comfort zone. You can also view a list of average scores here if you’d like to compare your score with statistical trends.


Fill Yourself With Confidence

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Picture Yourself Filling With Light And Confidence 


Take three deep breaths.

Think of something that brings you great joy.

Picture your whole body filling up with a bright glow, like a light bulb, as you think of your great joy.

Repeat an empowering phrase to yourself: “I’m safe,” “I’m cool wherever I go” or “I can do this.”

This reduces your body’s stress response and gives you the confidence to step out of your comfort zone.

You got this! – Nancy 

Age Better by Embracing New Challenges

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Did you realize that embracing new challenges can help you age better?

Our comfort zones tend to shrink as we get older — but if we can .  It’s easier to sit in the rocking chair, reading a book, or watching some television than to get up and physically do something new.  However, if we keep expanding our comfort zones, we’ll open ourselves up to greater fulfillment and improved well-being as we age.

A 2013 study found that learning new and demanding life skills, while also maintaining a strong social network, can help us stay mentally sharp as we get older.  This is important to keep us out of the hands of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  We remain more able to look after ourselves and require much less health care.  We are fitter and stronger.  We have more friends, more motivation, and more happiness when we reach out of our comfort zones.

People often thought that the brain couldn’t keep growing after a certain age, but this has been disproved.  People can continue to learn new things all the time, but it is important to learn the things that will keep your brain stimulated.

Lead researcher Denise Park, a psychologist at the University of Texas, told the American Psychological Association. “The three learning groups were pushed very hard to keep learning more and mastering more tasks and skills. Only the groups that were confronted with continuous and prolonged mental challenge improved.”

Expand Your Comfort Zone

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Here are some ways to break out (and by proxy, expand) your comfort zone without going too far:  (from

  • Do everyday things differently. Take a different route to work. Try a new restaurant without checking Yelp first. Go vegetarian for a week, or a month. Try a new operating system. Recalibrate your reality. Whether the change you make is large or small, make a change in the way you do things on a day-to-day basis. Look for the perspective that comes from any change, even if it’s negative. Don’t be put off if things don’t work out the way you planned.
  • Take your time making decisions. Sometimes slowing down is all it takes to make you uncomfortable—especially if speed and quick thinking are prized in your work or personal life. Slow down, observe what’s going on, take your time to interpret what you see, and then intervene. Sometimes just defending your right to make an educated decision can push you out of your comfort zone. Think, don’t just react.
  • Trust yourself and make snap decisions. We’re contradicting ourselves, but there’s a good reason. Just as there are people who thrive on snap decisions, others are more comfortable weighing all of the possible options several times, over and over again. Sometimes making a snap call is in order, just to get things moving. Doing so can help you kickstart your personal projects and teach you to trust your judgement. It’ll also show you there’s fallout to quick decisions as well as slow ones.
  • Do it in small steps. It takes a lot of courage to break out of your comfort zone. You get the same benefits whether you go in with both feet as you do if you start slow, so don’t be afraid to start slow. If you’re socially anxious, don’t assume you have to muster the courage to ask your crush on a date right away, just say hello to them and see where you can go from there. Identify your fears, and then face them step by step.

To your success

Fran Watson




P.S.  Keep up your journal.  Print out a new one for next month.

Confidence Outside Your Comfort Zone Journal

P.P.S.  Try Brian Tracy’s 4 steps to become a motivational speaker:

Moving Forward: Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone

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Moving Forward

Throughout these posts we talked a lot about taking action, about doing it anyway. We looked at our comfort zone and why it is so hard to break out of it sometimes. We established that the outer edges or borders around that zone are the realm of possibility and that we can stretch and expand our comfort zone into those areas simply by dreaming, imagining, and of course taking some action.

We also talked quite a bit about what happens when we don’t grow as people and spend some time being a little uncomfortable. If nothing else, that should inspire you to keep an eye on what you’re doing and move you to change when you are getting a little too comfortable for too long.

We took a closer look at the realm of possibility and last but not least I shared some of my favourite tips and ideas for stepping outside the comfort zone with you. I hope you’ve found this interesting, thought-provoking, and helpful.

As you have worked through these steps to move out of your comfort zone, I hope that you have discovered many things that interest and delight you.  I hope you have really accepted the challenges and tried something new.  I hope that you have a found an “accountability buddy” to help keep you on track, and out of your comfort zone.

My advice to you now is — Go out there, live life to the fullest, and don’t be afraid to step outside the box, do something daring and see what’s possible when you put your mind to it. Life is too short to stay stuck in our comfort zone.

Start diving into the realm of possibility for your life.  Keep moving forward and make every second count!

actionTo taking action…and getting out of your comfort zone

Fran Watson




Hiring A Coach

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Hire A Coach


Last but not least, consider hiring a coach. If you are, or have ever been an athlete, I don’t have to convince you of the benefit of a good coach when it comes to athletics. Your coach can see what it is you need to improve and provide you with exercises that will make you better and stronger.

You may even have had a music teacher or coach in the past that helped you improve your skills. Maybe you even have a personal fitness trainer and nutritionist working with your right now to make improvements to your body. But what about the rest of your life?

When you have big goals to reach in business or in life, and you’re having a hard time making progress and moving far enough outside your comfort zone, hiring a coach – either a life coach or a business coach – is a great way to shortcut the process. A good coach can save you a lot of time and effort by pointing you in the right direction, helping you choose your path, and motivating you to dig deep and stretch further than you thought possible.

A good coach will push you out of your comfort zone by giving you exercises to make you stronger and better with regards to your business.  The coach will point out the areas you are weak in, the areas where you need more support and will provide that support until you are able to do it on your own.  You may be concerned about the cost.  A good coach will cost you, but what you gain will be far more than the cost.  It’s important to recognize what you want for your end result and whether or not you can really do it on your own, or whether you will slip back into your comfort zone without a coach.




I hope you’ve found these simple tips and strategies for stepping outside your comfort zone helpful. Most importantly, I hope you put them to good use. They won’t help until you give them a try and put them to action.

To finding the right coach to help you grow…




P.S.  Don’t stop now…keep moving forward…


Comfort Zone Care

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You Don’t Have To Go It Alone – It’s Okay To Need Support


It’s okay to need more support.  We briefly talked about getting other people involved when it comes to accountability. Let’s dive a little deeper in this tip about getting others involved. Having people around you who support you can be a huge help when it comes to stepping out of your comfort zone.

Find that supportive person in your life and recruit them as you very own cheerleader. This is the kind of person that lets you know that you’re making progress and is always happy to lend a hand or share some words of encouragement. This is the first person you want to call when you feel like quitting or need a pep talk.  I believe AA has people like this who are called sponsors for people trying to stop drinking.  The sponsor is available at all times to help and support the person they are working with.

Another great option is finding another person or even an entire group with goals similar to use. If you’re trying to go out there and walk more, joining a walking group will help.

While it’s usually pretty easy to find a running club in most towns walking clubs are a little harder to come by. Try using google to search your area. Other ways to find local clubs include checking with your local running club, running or sporting goods stores, the YMCA, and attending local races. You might also find groups on Facebook or at social sites such as  You might also find out about special events such as a Yoga retreat.

If you want to get more comfortable speaking in public, joining Toastmasters will help. You get the idea.  What is it that you would like to try?  What kind of support do you need to make it a success?

Finding others to work alongside is a great way to increase accountability, share knowledge, and makes anything more fun.

Come up with some groups you can join or do some research to see how you can find others with similar goals to mastermind with.  There are always others interested in some of the same things you are, it just may take a little longer to find them if what you want to do is a little out of the ordinary.

To finding help along the way…

Fran Watson




P.S.  There are many groups out there.  Just check for a local meetup group


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The Power Of Accountability


Accountability – “the fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility.”  It’s a word that strikes fear into the heart of the comfort zone!  It’s easy to stay in our comfort zone and not experience any personal growth when there’s no one there to call us out on it. Accountability works. That’s why it’s such a big part of most weight loss and exercise programs. It’s why the most important part of AA is the regular meetings.

Accountability works and it can work for you when it comes to stepping out of your comfort zone.

There are a few different ways to make accountability work for you. You can tell people about what you want to accomplish. You can also ask a close friend to call you out when you’ve gotten too comfortable. You can set up a buddy system and help keep someone else accountable too.

Keeping a journal and habit trackers or calendars is another great option to keep yourself accountable. When you know you have to write it down, it gives you just that little bit of extra motivation to take action and stretch outside your comfort zone.  For instance if you want to eat more healthily, write down everything you eat – it will make you think twice about eating that whole bag of potato chips, or that extra dish or ice cream, or putting the chocolate sauce on your ice cream.  Check out some of my previous posts for more information about keeping a journal.

If you want to stick to an exercise routine, make sure your exercise clothes are handy and that they are fresh and clean, and your shoes are ready for your walk or run.  Why not get a box of stars and put one on your calendar each time you take a step outside your comfort zone.  This will help you keep track of your progress.

Find your own way to hold yourself accountable and make it work.

To keeping yourself accountable…

Fran Watson




P.S.  You can do it!!

Sink or Swim

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The Sink Or Swim Strategy


One of the best ways to learn a new language is to immerse yourself in it. In other words, the quickest way to learn French for example is to go to France and start to use it and figure it out. When you have to speak it to get your food, figure out where you need to go and the likes, you learn much faster than from books.

The same holds true in other areas of our lives. When we jump in and it’s sink or swim time, we learn fast. If you’ve had a baby, you know this is true. No matter how much you try to prepare and how many books you read, you’re not really ready for parenting when you bring home your new-born. You learn “on the job” and you learn fast.

Why not apply this same strategy to other areas of your life. Make it a habit to jump in and see if you can swim or if you sink.

taking risks

If you want to become a better speaker, just jump in…arrange to give a speech at your local Toastmasters Club, Rotary Club, Women’s Institute, etc.  Practice at home in front of your mirror.  Practice in front of family members.  Know your talk well before you give it.  You don’t want to stumble and make a bad impression or you won’t be invited back.

Check out these tips:


To swimming well….

Fran Watson




P.S.  Make sure you are writing down everything you do to stretch your comfort zone.

P.P.S.   Don’t have your journal yet?  Click here: Confidence Outside Your Comfort Zone Journal

Baby Steps

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Break It Down Into Baby Steps

We all began with baby steps.  That’s how we learned to walk – one tiny step at a time.  That’s how we can overcome our procrastination and accomplish our tasks.

Sometimes a project or task simply seems too big and overwhelming to tackle. You know you should reorganize your closet and get rid of all the stuff that no longer fits or that you don’t wear anymore. It’s such a big job though that you keep putting it off and finding excuses why you don’t have time to tackle it today.  (I’ve been here…have you?  Decluttering seems like such an awesome task it is easy to procrastinate and put it off.) Whenever you find yourself in this type of situation, start breaking the big job down into baby steps. Take it one little step, one little task, and one little action item at a time.

With the closet example, start by going through your sock drawer, or sort through you summer t-shirts. You have time for that and it won’t take more than a few minutes to get done. Then keep going and go through your skirts, pants, shoes etc. Before you know it most, if not all of your closet is reorganized. (If this is too much for you take 15 minutes each day to work on your closet or your drawers.  If you need more help with decluttering, check out says: “Set the timer and do 15 minutes of cleaning or picking up toys or newpapers. Concentrate on one thing, not all of it. Get a laundry basket and put the things that don’t belong in the living room in the basket. Take a garbage bag with you, too. Start throwing away the trash. Don’t get caught up in the guilt we have about recycling this stuff. Just bag it up for now.

You can apply the same technique to all sorts of other situations. Instead of getting overwhelmed by the big project at work, break it down into baby steps. The first job will simply be to break it into bite-size chunks.  Then you can begin to tackle the chunks, one step at a time.

You can do that. Make that list, then start ticking items off a little at a time.

“This is worth the extra effort to go slow. I know it is not in our nature to plod along. We want what we want, and we want it now. You are going to have to quiet this voice in your head and take it one habit at a time. Consistency has its rewards.” – FlyLady

To baby steps and making progress

Fran Watson




P.S.  What one step did you tackle today?