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How Anxiety Feeds Your Comfort Zone

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This post will look at what it means to stay in your comfort zone and just how anxiety keeps you there, stopping you from trying new things and stopping you from taking necessary risks and actions to achieve your goals and dreams.

Recommended training from HRDQ-U

Seven Steps to Eliminate Anxiety in the Workplace

Ask yourself, “Do I ever get bored staying in my comfort zone?” “Does it seem a bit lifeless and uninspiring doing the same familiar activities?” Well, there is a reason for this. Personal growth and being the best version of yourself are not meant to be comfortable!

So, what does your comfort zone mean, i.e., what is your comfort zone?

Your comfort zone is

  • When you don’t know your limits and you do not make every effort to transcend them.
  • The greatest barrier to reaching your potential and destined purpose. is staying in your comfort zone
  • The most common way we safeguard our individual safety – or lessen our fearful sense of vulnerability
  • A psychological state in which a person feels at ease because they’re not being tested.
  • When people don’t typically engage in new experiences or take on any challenges; they only participate in activities that are familiar, making them feel “in control” of their environment.


From 0­ to 10, how much of the time do you spend in your comfort zone in an average week?

How Anxiety Can Feed Your Comfort Zone

So, how exactly does staying in your comfort zone link to anxiety? Do you believe anxiety is feeding your comfort zone?

A more regular high state of anxiety can keep you in your comfort zone, and the truth is, you stay in your comfort zone for a reason!

Anxiety plays a huge role in creating a self-fulfilling prophecy that we cannot do something. Most often, you will find that this actually holds you back from overcoming obstacles and barriers that are stopping you from achieving your greatest potential.

The anxiety stemming from staying in your comfort zone is due to limiting beliefs in your own value and worth.

This can lead to feelings of:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Low confidence
  • Pessimism
  • Depression
  • Low energy
  • Lack of motivation/drive


This can also impact other areas of your life such as your relationships, career, finances, etc.

This is due to your low vibrational energy (i.e., a lower energy frequency associated with negative emotions around anxiety) and how you view yourself. When you are at this lower vibrational energy, it impacts how you communicate with people and what energies you draw in. In the long run, it can lead to negative emotions in the workplace as you may feel there is something more for you, but you just don’t know how to get there or what to do.

In order to create lasting, positive change, you have to be willing to step out of your comfort zone and be willing to make your goal happen.

So, I’d like you to remember a time when you felt unhappy about how you were living and knew that in order to create that change you had to take action. And ask yourself, “What did I do and how did it make me feel?”

Tips to Help You Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Below are some tips to help you get out of your comfort zone:

  • Surround yourself with higher vibrational energetic people.
    • This could be your friends, family, anyone. It can be just one person, too.
    • Share your thoughts and your dreams with them.
    • Those who love and support you will always encourage and motivate you because they see in you your greatest potential and know you can achieve what you want to do. They won’t feel your limiting beliefs as those are your own – the power of positivity is important – surround yourself with good energies and watch yourself blossom!
  • Write positive affirmations daily.
    • Get into the daily habit of programming your subconscious mind with positive thoughts about yourself.
    • Over 90% of our thoughts come from our subconscious mind, so it’s so important we raise our energetic vibrations with positive thoughts about ourselves. You are what you believe – believe in your own power.
  • Write out your goals and affirm them daily.
    • Write these in the present tense. For example, “I am a successful, professional dancer who works for…”
    • Notice how this makes you feel daily. What you’re doing is programming your subconscious mind to make you believe you have already achieved your goal; this then subconsciously motivates you even more to take determined action to achieve and manifest that goal in the present.
  • Take little steps and celebrate these small wins.
    • All success is the result of little steps. Every small step towards an achievement is a win to celebrate. Don’t underestimate the value of this.
    • Be proud of everything you do that is working towards your dream. Write down your progress and take some time to be grateful for what you did. Even share it with a friend or family member – you are working towards being a greater version of yourself, this is an achievement!


Know that you are not your anxiety. You are powerful! You have so much value and worth; step into your power and elevate you to your greatest potential! Embrace change – how will you grow if you stay where you are?

Now, ask yourself, “What did I do when I last stepped out of my comfort zone?”

And now, do a little exercise. Write down your goal for the remainder of this year and three action steps you can take today to step into your power and start achieving this goal. Make it big! You can do it!

When Was the Last Time You Felt the Fear and Did It Anyway?

Every achievement you make comes from the willingness to face that fear of uncertainty and take consistent, positive action anyway.

It’s called comfort zone for a reason. Think about it this way, how can you become a greater version of yourself if you stay within what’s comfortable for you? Aren’t you going to just stay at this same level? How will you grow?

Every achievement is the result of branching out of your comfort zone; you just have to feel that fear and know that this is strengthening you into a greater version of yourself. This wisdom below from Dhaval Guadier sums this up very well:

Quote from Dhaval Guadier: "The only thing that is stopping you from where you are to where you want to go is your comfort zone."Indeed, most of the time the fear is just:





If this is the case, then it really is just your thought process that is holding you back from working towards where you want to go. So, if you’ve had enough of staying in your comfort zone and feeding the anxiety that is holding you back in your career and life, and if want some help, just email or click below to book your free 15-minute clarity call. I’d love to chat about where you are and what you need to do to get to where you need to go fast!

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Steve Brookes

Steve Brookes and his business partner, Serena Ittoo, work to help women and professionals with overwhelming feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, and stress eliminate the root cause holding them back, enabling them to live a life they love. Steve and Serena support this transformation by providing the tools needed to help work through their clients’ emotions and develop rock-solid confidence in who they authentically are.

Steve and Serena are both Master NLP Practitioners. Through their business, Expressing Your Authentic Self, they specialize in all areas relating to self-confidence and self-esteem, and guide clients to embrace, explore, and be excited to show who they are with confidence! Steve and Serena help clients to reawaken The Confident Version of Themselves so they can begin to speak up and live and breathe the confidence they need to obtain the life they really want.

This is further supported by the skills, knowledge, and awareness Steve has gained through his own struggles and journey in life. This has helped Steve to change his life for the better as he’s become more confident, developed more skills, and has become more effective in his life and growing his business, helping more clients to transform their lives.

Connect with Steve on LinkedIn.

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Seven Steps to Eliminate Anxiety in the Workplace

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