ROY S. JOHNSON: Friday Focus – Leave Your Comfort Zone Behind!


By Roy S. Johnson
Founder of Fit! Live! Win! 

My spin teacher overslept this morning. But she was still in my head. One of the phrases she screams repeatedly during class is “Get out of your comfort zone!” And while she wasn’t there today, her challenge followed me around the gym.

Get out of your comfort zone.

In the gym, that means pushing yourself beyond the pace your body might be used to. It might even be a rigorous pace–if you’re in pretty good shape already. Staying there doesn’t hurt; exercise is exercise. But it doesn’t help, either.

Staying in your comfort zone will not help you get in better shape. It won’t help you get stronger or leaner. And it won’t help you know more about yourself, or be more confident.

We need to get out of our comfort zones outside the gym, too. For the very same reasons.

Staying in your comfort zone in life is not necessarily a bad thing, if you are in a good place. If things are going well at work and at home. If you’re in great shape, and in great spirits.

But a) Who’s actually there?!

And b) why stop there?

Get out of your comfort zone.

Push through that place and discover new limits. How? Maybe take on some new, more challenging duties at work. Tackle new tasks at home. Offer to talk about things with your spouse or loved one that you been uncomfortable discussing before.

Take a few minutes today to think about your comfort zone. Understand it. Acknowledge it. Then take a few more minutes to see how you can break through it next week. How you can use it as a stepping stone to another level of opportunity. Or success.

Do it to learn more about yourself.

Do it to gain new confidence.

Do it to grow.

Challenge yourself!

Roy S. Johnson is the founder of Fit! Live! Win! and former Editor-in-Chief of Men’s Fitness. Fit! Live! Win! was created to be the only workout buddy you’ll ever need, to help you challenge yourself with new workout moves, training regiments and eating strategies from the best trainers and nutritionists in the business. For more information about Roy S. Johnson and Fit! Live! Win! visit