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Growth Zones -Does "getting out of my comfort zone" work?

Hi! I'm Mako, a Be-event intern at who has just started working as one of gifemakers last month. This time, I'm going to look at the common conception of "getting out of the comfort zone" from a different, sort of unique perspective.

Try to speak up without hesitating, nobody really judges you by your mistakes.

That's what I was always mentioning while the last's international program, OnlineAct! Batch5. I participated in the Act Batch4 and attended Batch5 as an assistant to Japanese students. At that time, I simply tried motivating each of them to just throw away their fears and try to immerse themselves into the topic they were about to learn during the course. I believed that from the bottle of my heart, just challenging everything you're curious about is a good thing. I sincerely thought it would give me a chance to grow further, and get comfortable with being "uncomfortable".

getting out of your comfort zone

Probably this is what you hear a lot when you look up something motivational on Youtube. I did actually, and thousands of researchers, thinkers were rambling about Why life sucks for most people and How billionaires succeeded in which most of them ended up talking about the same thing, getting out of the comfort zone.

(here, you can find a concept of Growth Zone, which states the relations between Comfort Zone and fears)

BUT lately, there has been a slight but great viewpoint that came up to my mind. What if someone tries too hard to challenge his/herself and loses how that person originally was like? What if we challenge too much and forget where our comfort zones are?

I'll give you a concise example to grasp the situation.

Suppose you are a student and the smartest of all classes. You know the time management tips, efficient ways to study, pretty much like an expert of study. You wanted something more stimulus in your life and started new projects for yourselves. Not just one, but more than 5.

If I were that student, every time I face challenging moments, I would be talking to my heart, " Fears doesn't mean anything! Get ready to open up your mind more!"

What do you think would happen to this student??

Here's my thought.

She/he must be super duper excited about all the Brand New moments happening in its life. Eventually, however, the student would get less motivated as opposed to all the "inspiring" videos on Youtube or TEDTalks.

I can tell this for sure because I'm the one who has been struggling with this dilemma. Previously, I had my study&workout routines that perfectly fit my well-being. Recently, quite often times I'm in NOWHERE. I'm in charge of being the leader of multiple projects at the same time as being a student at school. Of course I 100% enjoy what I do as an extracurricular, but there has been too demanding and it is beginning to affect my physical health sometimes as well.

Nobody( at least on the Internet) seems to have a positive mindset on keeping our Comfort zones. What I take as important learning from the experience these days is, I can explore and try to make myself challenge more, as long as I'm capable of reminding myself of where I was at the first place, the comfort zone I was in.

Thank you so much for reading!!

Questions for everybody: What are your comfort place, music or any moment you feel safe and


Mine is StudioGhibli music, cooking time and wooden buildings like's office.

(would love to visit there someday hopefully;) )

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