Succeed with learning
Succeed with learning

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Succeed with learning

3.1 Comfort zones

Some people are much more open than others to making changes in their lives that lead to (or result from) learning. Even though we are not satisfied with our lives, sometimes it may feel easier to stay within our comfort zone than to venture into new territory. Author and life coach Fiona Harrold suggests that we have to:

get used to feeling comfortable with a little discomfort and a little uncertainty alongside a great deal of positive expectancy. Turn anxiety into anticipation, fear into energy and worry into action.

(Harrold, 2001, p. 281)
Described image
Figure 5 Need to move out of your comfort zone?

Harrold explains that excitement and fear produce similar hormones. The more you live within your comfort zone, she adds, the harder it is to distinguish between these emotions because you have not had enough practice. She suggests that:

To live your best life you have to move out of your comfort zone and learn to manage your feelings.

(Harrold, 2001, p. 281)
SWL_1

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371