Do you ever feel like you’re always doing the same thing, with the same people, visiting the same places, eating the same food, talking about the same topics? Why? – Because it’s easy, pretty comfortable and it’s predictable. Living a low risk life seems to suit the majority of the population. Is it because their comfort zone makes them feel safe and happy? Or is it because they haven’t experienced the feeling of taking that step into the unknown and doing something they never imagined they would, or could do? The feeling of conquering a fear or reaching a goal is not something you only want to experience once. Pushing the boundaries enables growth and creativity, adds excitement to everyday routine and leaves us feeling alert and alive.
Easier said than done right? Well here are five ways you can get outside your comfort zone and get the most out of life.
1.Find a hobby that gets you moving.. Outside!
We all know that being in nature and exercise are good for your physical and mental health. Combine the two and not only will you enhance your well-being, you will experience new places, conquer physical challenges and return feeling invigorated.
2. Set yourself a major goal and take on smaller challenges to reach it:
We all hear or read about people running marathons, climbing mountains, competing in adventure races and taking on hardcore obstacle courses. Most of us sit back and think ‘I’d like to be able to do that.’ Well you can, and it starts with setting small targets that will pave a pathway for ultimately reaching your end goal. The feeling of achievement when you start accomplishing these stepping stones will keep you motivated and drive your desire to continue.
3. It’s the obvious one.. Try something new!
Life is busy, and we don’t always get us much ‘me time’ as we want or need. When it does come around, make the most of it! Don’t spend it doing the same thing. This will get boring, you will stop being challenged and you won’t feel the same satisfaction. Learn a language, eat something you have never tried before, cook a recipe that’s different from what you usually eat, join a club or a new sports team, walk or drive a different way to work. Whatever it is, trying something new will keep you focused, add variety to your everyday and start to expand your boundaries.
4. Find opportunities to meet new people
Your friends and family sit inside your comfort zone, and so for many people, initiating conversation with a stranger makes them feel uncomfortable. Joining in on events and activities where you have the opportunity to introduce yourself to a stranger can help build self-confidence and give you the courage to continue pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone.
Meeting new people often leads to other opportunities that may be social or even professional. By expanding your network of friends and acquaintances you may be introduced to new activities and hobbies or presented with the prospect of a new career pathway.
5. Face your Fears
Don’t let fear hold you back from getting what you want out of everyday. Live is boring without adventure and adrenaline. Regardless of success or failure in facing your fears, you will learn, grow and stay focused on achieving the goals you have set for yourself.