We are often told that we need to get out of our comfort zone. Is it really your comfort zone you’re in or your compliant zone? 

Your compliant zone is very similar to your comfort zone. The main difference is why you stay there. Your comfort zone is about avoiding personal risk. Your compliant zone is about doing what you think you’re supposed to do. This can be what you think your boss wants, what your parents instilled in you or what another authority figure has drummed into you. Are you seeing a pattern? Your comfort zone is about avoiding risk while your compliant zone is about pleasing other people.

Getting out of these zones takes different methods. To break out of your comfort zone, you need to make yourself more comfortable with risk. To break out of your compliant zone you need to have confidence in yourself and believe that you are doing what is right, even if it isn’t what someone else told you to do. It’s about build your self-image. By acknowledging your accomplishments and your abilities, you make it easier to get out of your compliant zone. Once you get out, it becomes easier to stay out, and to benefit from your actions.