60 Comfort Zone Quotes That Will Inspire You to Push Past Fear and Embrace Change

Ready to break free from familiarity? These comfort zone quotes will help you take that leap of faith.

It can be scary to get out of your comfort zone, but there’s a reason people say it’s important—it opens you up to new experiences and encourages personal growth. It doesn’t mean you have to jump out of a plane or go scuba diving (unless you want to). You can start small by asking a new co-worker to lunch, trying a new food or going to that intimidating fitness class. If you need a little help, comfort zone quotes can nudge you in the right direction.

And remember that you’re not alone—everyone is learning how to be more confident every day. Because of this, you might want to try doing new things with someone else, like a friend or a partner. Add some confidence quotes to your daily reads, then join that recreational sports league or take those dance classes with friends. And to help you take that leap of faith, check out these quotes that will have you stepping out of your comfort zone in no time.

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Step outside of your comfort zone quotes

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1. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” —Neale Donald Walsch

2. “Coming out of your comfort zone is tough in the beginning, chaotic in the middle and awesome in the end, because in the end, it shows you a whole new world!” —Manoj Arora

3. “Sometimes, it is good to be in uncomfortable situations because it is in finding our way out of such difficulties that we learn valuable lessons.” —Idowu Koyenikan

4. “You have to get out of your comfort zone in order to grow.” —Octavia Spencer

5. “Somebody once said, ‘Everything you want in the world is just right outside your comfort zone.'” —Jennifer Aniston

6. “Fear and anxiety many times indicates that we are moving in a positive direction, out of the safe confines of our comfort zone, and in the direction of our true purpose.” —Charles F. Glassman

7. “Before anything great is really achieved, your comfort zone must be disturbed.” —Ray Lewis

8. “Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone.” —Billy Cox

9. “Don’t be afraid to expand yourself, to step out of your comfort zone. That’s where the joy and the adventure lie.” —Herbie Hancock

10. “I don’t want to stay in my comfort zone. I want to take risks and keep myself scared.” —Michael Fassbender

11. “As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.” —Robin S. Sharma

12. “The comfort zone is always the most desirable place to be. But in settling for comfort, there is a price to pay, and it comes in the death of ambition, of hope, of youth and the death of self.” —Simon Barnes

13. “It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow and transform.” —Roy T. Bennett

14. “I’d hate to feel in a comfort zone while I was working. That’s not the way I like to do things. You want to be pressurized and you want to be challenged every day.” —Daniel Craig

15. “Stretch your comfort zone just a bit today. Then tomorrow. Before you know it, you’ll look up in awe at how far you’ve come!” —Josh Hinds

16. “If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.” —Les Brown

17. “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” —Michelangelo

18. “I wonder all of the things we miss out on, all the wonder, all the blessings, when we stay in our comfort zones. When we stay safe. When we don’t take that chance that could change everything.” —Ashley Hetherington

If public speaking is way out of your comfort zone, you’re not alone. Spend some time learning how to be a better public speaker and overcome your biggest fears of standing up in front of a crowd.

Quotes on trying something new

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19. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” —Wayne Gretzky

20. “Stop dreaming about your bucket list and start living it.” —Annette White

21. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

22. “Never let the fear of striking out hold you back.” —Babe Ruth

23. “Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” —Ronald Osborn

24. “What would life be if we hadn’t courage to attempt anything?” —Vincent Van Gogh

25. “You never know what you can do until you try, and very few try unless they have to.” —C.S. Lewis

26. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” —T.S. Eliot

27. “You can only grow if you’re willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” —Brian Tracy

28. “Go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.” —Neil Gaiman

29. “There’s no timeframe on trying new things. And we shouldn’t limit ourselves by thinking there is.” —Rita Wilson

30. “The hallmark of successful people is that they are always stretching themselves to learn new things.” —Carol S. Dweck

31. “You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things.” —Nate Berkus

32. “You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.” —Barbara Sher

33. “Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” —Alan Cohen

34. “The mind is just like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.” —Idowu Koyenikan

Many people don’t succeed on their first try—even the most successful people have famous failures. The key is self-awareness, learning from mistakes and not comparing yourself with others.

Quotes on personal progress

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35. “If you don’t go after what you want, you could spend your entire life settling for what you can get.” —Mo Stegall

36. “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” —Frederick Douglass

37. “We should not judge people by their peak of excellence, but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.” —Henry Ward Beecher

38. “Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” —Stephen Covey

39. “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” —Ernest Hemingway

40. “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” —Anaïs Nin

41. “Improvement starts within you and is dependent on your own efforts. So make the effort.” —Remez Sasson

42. “Courage is only an accumulation of small steps.” —George Konrad

43. “Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” —Wayne Dyer

What are some ways to let go of insecurities—beyond comfort zone quotes? Create a playlist with your favorite songs about confidence, keep body positivity quotes on sticky notes and focus on eliminating self-criticizing from your daily routine.

Quotes on pushing past fear

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44. “The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.” —Robert Cushing

45. “Each time you try something for the first time, you grow. A little piece of fear is replaced with empowerment.” —Annette White

46. “Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” —Bertrand Russell

47. “Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.” —Judy Blume

48. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” —Dale Carnegie

49. “The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” —Nelson Mandela

50. “He who is not every day conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

51. “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.” —Helen Keller

52. “Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will.” —W. Clement Stone

53. “Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving and progressing.” —Mandy Hale

54. “Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.” —Paulo Coelho

55. “Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway.” —Earl Nightingale

56. “Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one’s better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk—and to act.” —Maxwell Maltz

57. “One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.” —Abraham Maslow

58. “Being aware of your fear is smart. Overcoming it is the mark of a successful person.” —Seth Godin

59. “I’ve noticed when I fear something, if I just end up doing it, I’m grateful in the end.” —Colleen Hoover

60. “To escape fear, you have to go through it, not around.” —Richie Norton

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Bellamy Richardson
Bellamy Richardson is currently a senior at Williams College and interned for People magazine last summer. She has also covered arts and culture for various publications based in the Berkshires and served as managing editor of her college newspaper.