How to Expand Your Comfort Zone


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We all have a comfort zone. A comfort zone represents the things we do every day that do not cause stress.

When you stay within your comfort zone, what that really means is that you are engaging in activities, on a daily basis, that you are comfortable doing. And because you are comfortable doing them, you do not feel any stress.

When you do things outside your comfort zone, things that are new and different, like learning a new skill, those new things create short-term stress. Because they are new things, your brain is taxed and pushed a little to perform those new things. This taxing of the brain creates stress and that stress will continue until you begin to get better at the new thing you are doing. Once you get good at that new thing, the stress subsides.

The benefit of practicing something new, is that it forces you to expand your comfort zone. The cost is the short-term stress you must endure.

The irony about the comfort zone is that, if you don’t engage in new things, because you don’t want to feel short-term stress, your comfort zone will never expand. As a result, most avoid engaging in new things in order to avoid feeling stress. And most, therefore, stay within their comfort zone.

The key to expanding your comfort zone is to make a habit of getting comfortable being uncomfortable, or getting comfortable with short-term stress. This happens to be one of the common denominators of self-made millionaires. They have conditioned themselves to endure short-term stress. Or put another way, self-made millionaires have created the daily habit of forcing themselves to expand their comfort zone.

As a result, self-made millionaires are in constant growth mode. And growth is a prerequisite for success. Success requires that your grow into the person you need to be in order for success to visit you.

If you don’t push yourself, if you don’t stress yourself every now and then, your comfort zone will never expand and if your comfort zone does not expand you won’t grow. And if you do not grow, success is impossible.


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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley understands the difference between being rich and poor: at age nine, his family went from being multi-millionaires to broke in just one night, due to a catastrophic fire that destroyed his Dad's thriving business. For fourteen years they struggled with poverty. There were eleven in Tom's family, and they lived in constant fear of losing their home.

Driven by the desire to unlock the secrets to success and failure, Tom spent five years studying the daily activities of 233 rich people and 128 poor people. He discovered there was an immense difference between the habits of the rich and the poor. During his research he identified over 300 daily activities that separated the “haves” from the “have nots.” Tom decided to write a book to share what he learned. That book, Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals (1st Edition), went on to become an Amazon Bestseller in the United States forty times over a three year period. To give you some perspective, in order to be a true Amazon Bestseller in the United States, where you actually receive a specific Bestseller designation from Amazon, you need to be in the top 100 of all books sold by Amazon in the United States in a given day. Rich Habits did that for nearly thirty straight days, rising as high as #7, eclipsing such Bestselling authors such as Stephen Covey, Robert Kiyosaki and J.K. Rowlings. Imagine that - an unknown, first-time, self-published author selling more books than J.K. Rowlings!

Tom now travels the world, sharing his Rich Habits and motivating audiences at industry conferences, corporate events, universities, multi-level marketing group events, and global sales organizations’ presentations and finance conferences. He has even spoken on the same stage with famous entrepreneurs and personal development experts, such as Sir Richard Branson, Robin Sharma, Dr. Daniel Amen, and many others.

Tom has shared his insights on various national and international network, cable, and Internet television programs such as CBS Evening News, NBC News, Yahoo Financially Fit,, India TV, Australia, and a host of others. He has been interviewed on many prestigious nationally syndicated radio shows, including the Dave Ramsey Show, Marketplace Money, and WABC.

Tom has been featured in numerous print magazines—such as Money magazine, Inc. Magazine, SUCCESS Magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Fast Company magazine, More magazine, Epoca Magazine (Brazil’s largest weekly) and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine—and various online publications, including USA Today, CNN, MSN Money,,, and the Huffington Post. Tom is a frequent contributor to Business Insider,, and a few other media outlets.

National publicity has garnered international media attention for Tom and his Rich Habits research spanning 23 countries. Broadcast media, online publications, and television throughout Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Central and South America have shared his powerful message.

In an effort to help parents, grandparents, teachers and adults become success mentors to the younger generation, Tom released his second book, Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to be Happy and Successful in Life in 2014. This book was the self-help category winner of the 2015 New York Book Festival and Runner-up in the prestigious 2015 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Contest. In 2016 Tom released his third book, Change Your Habits, Change Your Life. This book provides the latest science on habit change as well as more of Tom's unique research on the specific habits that helped transform 177 ordinary individuals into self-made millionaires.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, and hold a master’s degree in taxation. As president of Cerefice and Company, CPAs, Tom heads one of the premier financial firms in New Jersey.
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