outside the comfort zone


1. a situation in which someone feels insecure, uncomfortable, or out of control






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go outside of your comfort zone

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The idiom ’to be outside your comfort zone’ means to be in a situation or position where you are insecure, uncomfortable or pushed beyond your capabilities or usual responsibilities. If you are outside your comfort zone, you do not feel safe or confident. This is a popular idiom used in both social and professional contexts.

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  1. As someone who is afraid of heights, doing that bungee jump was totally out of my comfort zone.
  2. The great thing about foreign travel is that it takes you outside of your comfort zone and allows you to experience new things.

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  1. When employees are encouraged to fail and learn they are more likely to step out of their comfort zone and take risks.
  2. Inability to step out of their comfort zone is what stops many companies from innovating.

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