The most dangerous place: Your comfort zone

The most dangerous place in this world is the comfort zone. And yet, nothing very exciting ever happened there.

The comfort zone is furnished with convenience and ease. Upholstered in the softest fabrics so that it’s hard to get your butt, once parked there, up again. It’s decorated with a managerie of things that we’ve always done like this until we thought it was the only way there is. On the walls hang images of what we like to think are the “lesser evils.” So familiar that we think they were always there and will always be there. We are sure that what’s lurking “out there” will prove far more threatening.

Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.

It’s a dangerous game.

A game against ourselves. Our happiness. Our success.

It’s one of humankind’s best and worst characteristics that we can arrange ourselves with the worst conditions.
This quality is a lifesaver when we find ourselves in catastrophic circumstances, like war and disease, and when it helps us to not lose hope entirely. It helps us in situations that we cannot escape and gives us the strength to endure.

This quality, however, is a pretty annoying ball and chain when it prevents us in more normal situations to make decisions that might widen our horizons, make us learn a thing or two, improve our lives. If we resign ourselves to our comfort zone — that frankly isn’t always so comfortable in the first place — we will miss a whole lot.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said:

“Do something every day that scares you.”

I think it’s a great piece of advice. We are all scared. We all find things scary. That’s normal. To consciously try to do something that catapults us out of the deep cushions of our comfort zone is a great goal.

It can be something small. First you poke your toe out of the comfort zone, then you’ll take a step, and then a whole leap.

It’s worth it.
Otherwise you’re just stuck.

Remember, nothing very exciting ever happened while we’re lounging in our comfort zone. And life’s really too short and too precious.


– Katja Bartholmess. “It’s my passion to inspire and motivate other ambitious women with my stories and experiences from over a decade of entrepreneurship.”

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