Personal Growth

Struggling to achieve your goals? Maybe your comfort zone is the reason.

In the planning phase, we all have high aspirations. However, turning those dreams and goals into a reality can be a different story. Many of us struggle to reach our goals and why? We need to step out of our comfort zone, and this can be a frightening idea.

It is true that nothing ever happens in our comfort zone. It is the place that keeps us in the “someday” mode of pushing our goals to the side until the time is right, for another day or when you have more skills, money, and time.

Unfortunately, “someday” never happens. Eventually the life you dreamed of becomes a memory, a “wish-I-would-have” thought. Our fear of trying something different, putting ourselves out there and going for it keeps us from acting. Our comfort zone keeps us safe.

Your comfort zone keeps you paralyzed from attempting what you desire. You may have goals and dreams but are afraid of the what-if’s that might happen when you do try. Instead, it is safer to stay where you are comfortable instead of getting hurt or humiliated by attempting your goal.

Maybe you are afraid of speaking to a large group of people, so you do not go after the next level in your career, even though it is what you desire. You keep to yourself and stay in your current position instead where you are comfortable.

Maybe you do not go after your desire to start your own business because you are afraid of failing. You stay in a job that you hate instead. Maybe you do not try new adventures because you have an aversion to meeting new people and looking foolish. So, you stay at home in your comfort zone.

There are many reasons we stay in our comfort zone and over the years I too have experienced some of them. My biggest one was fear of failure.

Some of the reasons you stay in your comfort zone might be from

Fear of the unknown, uncertainty

Anxiety over change

Negative mindset, pessimistic outlook

Lack of clarity and focus

Fear of failing (or succeeding)

No matter what it looks like, your comfort zone is keeping you trapped. You stop advancing professionally. You do not grow and develop personally. You eat the same way, live in the same place, drive the same kind of car, and associate with the same people.

Your comfort zone lets you willingly passing up important opportunities. Because of this, you might lose touch with your relationships, your health may begin to have serious problems, and you end up living a life of mediocrity.

Your unwillingness to act and step out of your comfort zone for whatever reason directly impacts your goals. If you are afraid to take the next step, and never do, you will stay where you are at. If you worry what will happen if you go for you goal so you end up not going for it, then you will not ever reach it.

When you see yourself struggling to achieve your goals it is often because you are stuck in your comfort zone. You are afraid of change, of doing things differently and being someone different.


Do any of these reasons mentioned or something else keep you from stepping out of your comfort zone? Take that reason and really think about it and then write down what your life would look like if you squashed that reason and allowed yourself to step out of your comfort zone. You could make a new dream board/goal from your findings.

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5 thoughts on “Struggling to achieve your goals? Maybe your comfort zone is the reason.

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      Stepping out of your comfort zone is like stepping outside the box. It takes thinking that normally isnt thought of, and the courage to give it a go.

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        I totally agree with you Kimi, like thinking outside the box, I do my best thinking when all is quiet in my house or when i am walking, or just focusing on my to do list. It’s kind a like intentional thinking that takes time and thought, and we don’t always just think like this on a daily basis-but if you or I want to attain our goals it should be a part of each week. thanks for your comment Kimi-gave me time to think and ponder it

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      I agree with Kimi! This has happened to me already in my life. I started my Reiki business now because always wanted to do it. People telling me to do this. Also, the plants are something I always wanted to do and I am doing that too. Maybe just now is my time.

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      This article makes a lot of sense to me and has a lot of good and correct points and i can relate to the article
      I did something last year that I have been wanting to do for a long time and found the courage to take the 3rd level of Reiki but haven’t had the time or nerve to finish learning and memorizing what i need to be an instructor. I always have good intentions-but i tend to procrastinate, put things off. On the other hand I have stepped out of my comfort zone many times and have acheived a lot in the past but not so much in the last 2 couple of years, maybe longer. I can admit I am stuck, and am easily distracted. With this being said I will have to take some steps squash my fears and acomplish my goals one at a time. Thanks so much for the article, a real eye opener!

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      I think I am still learning so much in my business that I find I’m not even in my comfort zone yet to begin with, if that makes sense as I havent mastered anything per se, I’m still learning the ropes – but public speaking terrifies me, so this is what I am working on now.

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