A to Z Challenge 2016

‘C’ is for Comfort Zone – Time to Break Out & Challenge Yourself

April 4, 2016
C is for Comfort Zone

challenge yourself


Are you stuck in a rut?

Do you fear change?

Most of us would answer ‘YES’ to these two questions.  Life is like that – ESPECIALLY AT MIDLIFE, where we have been juggling different roles such as wife, mother, employee, or even the boss.

However, it isn’t just at midlife at we can fall into our ‘comfort zone’.

At some point in our lives, we all get comfortable with what we are doing and then we fear changing because we aren’t sure of the outcome.

We ignore the little voice in our head that pipes up from time to time asking – ‘IS THIS ALL THERE IS?’

We may have even lost our identity along the way.  How often have you been introduced as ‘so and so’s’ wife or mother or daughter?

Then comes the time when our children fly from the nest to live their own lives, we aren’t so busy with our careers and we still have that nagging little voice!

Well it is time to Break Out of your Comfort Zone and let your inner Voice be Heard!Click To Tweet

Before you go running off to climb Mt Everest, or sail solo around the world, you need to realise that it won’t necessarily be easy or ‘comfortable’ and this is what usually stops us from exploring exactly what we are capable of achieving.

Fear can hold us back but YOU CAN OVERCOME FEAR. Click To Tweet

I recently wrote a Guest Post “How You Can Remove But From Your Vocabulary and Achieve Your Dream”.  In it I talk about the fact that we are only held back by our own fears. It is surprising how empowered you feel when you pull your shoulders back and face your fears head on.

It is all about Attitude!

Ask yourself two questions:

What is the worst that can happen?


What is the best that can happen?

You can take the negative route and give up or you can weigh up the benefits and take that leap of faith in yourself.

What if I Fall

Here are 3 simple steps to get you started on your journey out of your comfort zone.

1. Define what you want to change in your life

Be realistic and don’t try to change everything all at once. You don’t have to make huge changes immediately as long as you start the process.  We can still achieve what we want by making smaller changes along the way.  You will feel more confident with each small change you make.

2. Write it down

Write down what you want to change in your life and stick it in a place where you will see it everyday as a reminder to keep moving forward.

3. Try Something New

Challenge yourself by trying something new – learn a language, learn to dance or sing, join a sporting group. Putting yourself out there to try new things will mix life up a little and bring back the enthusiasm for life that can happen when we are just going through the motions of living.

What is one thing you would like to change in your life TODAY?


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  • Reply Deepti Agrawal April 4, 2016 at 15:21

    I am loving your thought provoking words and prompts.. to look inside and to find oneself..

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2016 at 16:30

      Oh thank you Deepti I am so pleased you are enjoying my posts. Have a beautiful day.

  • Reply DaisyWillows April 4, 2016 at 16:59

    Great advice @Daisy from
    Daisyinthe willows

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2016 at 20:01

      Hi there thanks for stopping by to comment and glad you enjoyed the post.

  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill April 4, 2016 at 20:33

    This is the story of my life Sue – that little voice just got louder and louder until it took over and my life changed – I’m so glad I was brave enough to listen and to step out of my safe comfort zone and try new things – new job, blogging, leadlighting, new friends – it’s a great time of life 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2016 at 11:18

      yes I’m pleased you listened to your inner voice! Look at the wonderful blog you have produced and you are living the life you want. I think when we step out of our comfort zone we realise WE CAN DO THINGS WE NEVER THOUGHT WE COULD! Have a great week!

  • Reply Sue April 4, 2016 at 21:03

    This one really hit home for me. I just can’t quite figure out what new thing I really want to try. And I’m loving your posts. They are informative, and it’s so helpful when you pose questions to get me thinking about how to apply this in my own life.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2016 at 11:19

      Hi Sue! I’m pleased you enjoyed the post and I’m sure you will find something new to try. Sometimes it takes a little while and then out of the blue an opportunity presents itself. I’m so happy you are enjoying the posts and finding them useful. Have a great week!

  • Reply JEN April 5, 2016 at 02:39

    These posts are inspiring!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2016 at 11:23

      Oh Jen that makes my day to hear that. The aim is to inspire others even though I’m just an ordinary person I think we can all use or experiences to inspire in one way or another. Have a lovely and see you tomorrow!

  • Reply Natalie April 5, 2016 at 03:48

    Really inspiring to read, thank you for sharing! I’m looking forward to your future posts 🙂

    @LunaNoctis from There She Goes

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2016 at 11:24

      Hey Natalie! Welcome! I’m so pleased you are finding my posts a positive experience and I’m looking forward to meeting you each day. Have a wonderful week!

  • Reply Jerri April 5, 2016 at 04:56

    Love this! I’m used to asking myself, “What’s the worst that can happen?” but I never thought to ask, “What’s the best that could happen?” After all, at least 50% it could be the best!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2016 at 11:26

      Hello Jerri – lovely of you to stop by! Yes it is sometimes a 50/50 chance so what have you got to lose – go for it I say! Have a great day and hopefully see you tomorrow x

  • Reply Catherine April 5, 2016 at 05:05

    Fantastic advice, thank you for sharing! I am a big believer in trying new things and getting ourselves “out there,” although I do have to counteract a few negative nellies in my life at the moment! Never mind, I am sure they will catch up when they feel a bit more brave… in the meantime I will raise my daughters to be as fearless as possible 🙂 See you around on the #AtoZChallenge http://spookymrsgreen.com/

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2016 at 11:28

      Good for you Catherine – a lady after my own heart! Yes there will always be those that are negative or discourage you but you just prove them wrong – that’s my attitude. Your daughters are certainly lucky to have a Mum like you. I will be visiting your blog and look forward to seeing you tomorrow at the challenge. Have a great day!

  • Reply Stephanie Bird April 5, 2016 at 23:51

    I feel as though I really needed the messages in this post today. Thanks for providing a bit of wind at my back to start the day with courage!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 6, 2016 at 12:36

      Oh I’m so pleased I could help Stephanie. I love it when people ‘get’ what I am saying and take away something that will benefit them. You can do it!

  • Reply Vishal Bheeroo April 6, 2016 at 00:28

    What’s worse can happen? It’s so true and it’s such fear that’s holding me up for years where I am stuck in a rut. High time to start racing. Yes!! I will right it in my diary:)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 6, 2016 at 12:37

      Good for you Vishal! You can do it you just have to keep your focus on what you really want in life. Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

  • Reply Kimberly Yavorski April 6, 2016 at 01:28

    Out of the Comfort Zone has been my new theme. It keeps showing up in my blog and my life. Figuring out the next chapter in life has had me taking a deep breath and jumping.

    A to Z Places to Go

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 6, 2016 at 12:39

      Go for it Kimberly!!! You can do it and will feel so much more alive once you take that jump. I’d love to hear how you go. thank you for stopping by and have a beautiful day.

  • Reply Toni Pike April 6, 2016 at 14:19

    I’m inspired by you once again, Sue – and I am definitely stuck in a rut. You’ve made me realise with this article that it’s time to challenge myself – to finish my latest novel and to travel more.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 7, 2016 at 15:30

      Oh I’m thrilled Toni! I know that you will finish your novel and you are right we have to travel more and enjoy life because we never know when it will be taken away from us. You go girl!

  • Reply Helen Good April 6, 2016 at 15:57

    Hello Sue
    I am so enjoying your everyday quotes and stories. You are such an inspiration to make us sit down and really think about out life and how we can make it so much better. Thankyou for taking the time to help others, I look forward to reading more. Thankyou have a great week.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 7, 2016 at 15:30

      Oh thank you Helen for your lovely words and I’m so happy that you can gain inspiration from my posts. You have a lovely week and I look forward to hearing from you again. xx

  • Reply Lisha Fink April 8, 2016 at 01:03

    One of my favorite sayings is “A change is as good as a rest.” I know I’m energized by change, and love the idea of a new adventure. Fun read, Sue.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 8, 2016 at 07:26

      Change is good Lisha unfortunately not many people think of change as being a positive thing in our lives. It is great that you embrace change and all the adventure that can accompany it. I’m pleased you enjoyed the post and thank you for stopping by to comment. Have a great day!

  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski April 8, 2016 at 02:07

    Sue – I often ask myself “what’s the worst that can happen?” When I am afraid to try something new. You’re right, it’s not always comfortable to step out of our comfort zones, but so worth it!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 8, 2016 at 07:28

      Hi Cathy! Yes sometimes we have to push ourselves over the line but when we do try something new and shake things up we feel invigorated and could take on the world. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. Its is great getting to know you outside of HYC.

  • Reply Ellen April 8, 2016 at 03:13

    So inspiring! Trying new things is so important and invigorating!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 8, 2016 at 07:29

      Hi Ellen You have made my day! I’m so pleased you found my post inspiring. I am learning so much from you posts and glad I joined Midlife Megaphone. I’m meeting some lovely ladies. Enjoy your weekend!

  • Reply Carol Cassara April 8, 2016 at 03:22

    I’m always out there on that edge. It’s not always a physical edge, but it’s an edge by my definition!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 8, 2016 at 07:30

      Hi Carol! You don’t need to challenge yourself physically it can be mentally or spiritually. I love your blog and especially enjoyed your post today about a kiss. Have a wonderful weekend and I’m glad I’ve met you, I’m enjoying your posts.

  • Reply Doreen McGettigan April 8, 2016 at 03:51

    I love your theme! One of my goals this year is challenging myself more. I look forward to keeping up with your post. Good luck with the challenge!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 8, 2016 at 07:32

      Oh thank you Doreen! I think as we reach midlife we really do look seriously at what life has to offer and we do push the envelope a bit more. Thank you for your good wishes and I look forward to hearing from you again. Have a wonderfuly weekend.

  • Reply Lisa at Grandma's Briefs April 8, 2016 at 07:54

    This is great and so timely for me. I’m trying to step out of my comfort zone more often. Sometimes that means taking a different route on regular errands, other times it’s saying YES to traveling places by myself. Great reminder and inspiration here! Thank you!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 8, 2016 at 13:30

      Hi Lisa good for you! You will love one of my next posts.I have a guest who will be writing about travelling on your own. It is a great read. Enjoy your weekend!

  • Reply Nancy April 8, 2016 at 08:57

    Comfort and contentment can decrease motivation. I think of this time around 60 to be the time to learn how to share all we have gleaned from life thus far, and time to dive into those things we always wanted to explore. It is a great time of life!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 8, 2016 at 13:31

      It certainly is a great time of life Nancy and you sound like you are having fun. Keep Sizzling! 🙂

  • Reply Lois Alter Mark April 8, 2016 at 10:04

    So true! It’s so empowering to finally step out of your comfort zone and there’s no better time to do it than in midlife.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 8, 2016 at 13:34

      So true Lois I love the age that I am and I’m loving reading about other midlife women who are coming into their own. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.

  • Reply Janie Emaus April 8, 2016 at 11:45

    I love this! Most people might say C is for chocolate. Although, I don’t like chocolate that much. And I do like to challenge myself.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 8, 2016 at 13:35

      Well I actually do like chocolate Janie but you can’t beat the rush you feel when you challenge yourself and succeed. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Lee MacArthur April 8, 2016 at 15:54

    I have increased my daily exercise because I need to get in even better shape. I have also set myself to learning about paper circuits just because it looks like fun and I want to. So two things I am using to challenge myself. After the paper circuits I want to learn to program raspberry pi and to create with arduino. Then I have coding on my list. All of these things are outside my comfort zone and I’ve wanted to do them, So I’ve decided it is time to learn.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 9, 2016 at 08:14

      Oh Lee you might be talking a new language! I’m not sure what raspberry pi and arduino is but as long as it challenges you – go for it!!!

  • Reply zannierose a-z April 8, 2016 at 17:30

    love the title of this- sizzling to sixty- such resonating sounds…think I will borrow some sizzle for my day.

    Yes, it is important to take a few risks…no need to calcify at any age


    A-Z visit


    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 9, 2016 at 08:21

      You certainly can have as much Sizzle as you want Zannie! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day.

  • Reply Rosemond April 9, 2016 at 10:58

    yes, is that all there is seems to be circling in my brain lately. I love your idea of the concrete steps to take. I get overwhelmed and need to back up and take it slowly! great tips!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 9, 2016 at 19:43

      Oh I’m pleased I could help Rosemond and thank you for stopping by to comment. I hope you visit again. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Kathleen April 9, 2016 at 13:40

    A nice reminder Sue, I think we only grow when we are out of the comfort zone. But I don’t like to get as uncomfortable as your rock climbing graphic. No, I shall not go that far . . . LOL. Thanks for inspiring our readers and keeping us motivated.
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    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 9, 2016 at 19:53

      Well I won’t be doing any rock climbing either Kathleen! But you are right we do grow when we are out of our comfort zone. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post and hope you have a lovely weekend.

  • Reply Michele April 10, 2016 at 04:32

    It is interesting that yesterday my coach challenged me to come up with a few things that would challenge me and today I am reading this. I do think challenge is good. I am working on finding a few challenges that aren’t too scary for me but that still stretch me. No rocking climbing or jumping out of planes… but there are plenty of things that would challenge me.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 10, 2016 at 14:39

      Oh it must be the week for challenges Michele. I’m not rockclimbing or jumping out of planes either but there are so many things we can push the boundaries with and still get out of our comfort zone. Good luck with your challenge let me know what it is. x

  • Reply Wendy April 12, 2016 at 08:18

    Well, the saying goes: “Nothing good ever happens inside the comfort zone.” I agree….mostly. The little bits of ordinary life are awfully nice, BUT I sure do like what happens when we step out of that safe place, too! And you are right about the “learning something new,” wow, has that stretched me! I had the brilliant idea a few years back to start taking Irish dancing classes with my daughter, and then actually thought I’d start competing! I found I am the walking definition of “stage fright,” haha! The REALLY funny part was when I totally blanked on stage and couldn’t remember any of my choreography, totally made up the whole dance, and won first place! Nonetheless, while my daughter made it to “Champion” level, I remained an “Advanced Beginner.” 🙂 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2016 at 11:26

      Wendy we have so much in common. I did Irish dancing when I was young as well as ballet, tap, jazz and Highland Dancing. How lovely it is for you to share a hobby with your daughter. The judges obviously liked your choreography – perhaps you missed your calling 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer Abel April 12, 2016 at 21:20

    Sue your posts are so inspiring and this one is no exception, love it. Thanks for sharing on #overthemoon

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 13, 2016 at 12:32

      Oh thank you Jen for your beautiful words of encouragement which I truly appreciate 🙂

  • Reply Regina L. L. Wells April 13, 2016 at 00:46

    Sue, I like the approach that you took with this. It is so easy to give lip service to just making a change, but, often, one has to confront their comfort zone boundaries first. Sometimes, one has to acknowledge it first. I’ve been trying to get my Dad out and about and into new hobbies with new friends (he is retired, widowed, and a good majority of his close friends have died or are too restricted by their age to engage in life the way that my Dad can), but I realize in reading this that I have to talk to him about his comfort zone as the starting point. Thank you! I am so happy that you shared this with #UpsyDaisyLinkup!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 13, 2016 at 12:33

      Thank you Regina!!! It is easy to get into a rut or ‘comfort zone’ and I can certainly understand your Dad who must at times feel a little overwhelmed at the thought of starting again. I do hope you can get him to engage in life – it is so short and we need to make the most of every day. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post and I value your comments. Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Marie April 19, 2016 at 06:10

    Great advice for me fizzling near 50.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 19, 2016 at 21:27

      Oh I’m sure you aren’t fizzling at all Marie. Have a lovely day!

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