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“ADVENTURE SHOULD BE 80 PERCENT ‘I THINK THIS IS MANAGEABLE’ BUT IT’S GOOD TO HAVE THAT LAST 20 PERCENT WHERE YOU’RE RIGHT OUTSIDE YOU COMFORT ZONE. STILL SAFE, BUT OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE.” —BEAR GRYLLS
Stepping out of your comfort zone is terrifying, not to mention that you feel awkward and uncomfortable, like you’re reliving your middle school years.
I’ll always encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and cross lines. If you want to succeed and change your life you have to step out of your little bubble. There’s no way to make it without feeling uncomfortable at some points.
However, there’s no reason you can’t start changing your life by taking baby steps. I always encourage baby steps, too. They’re good, and they count.
But—yes, there’s a but—you can’t depend on these things forever. At some point you have to let go of what you know and what you’re comfortable with, and do something that’ll help you grow. It’s important you do that because when you feel uncomfortable, you grow. You’re like a flower in the rain!
And when you grow, you change your life.
You’ll have to do something greater and bigger some day, but for now here are 3 ways that you can change your life without doing something too scary.
1. FUN SHIT
What do you do when you’re bored?
Most likely you pick up your phone and start scrolling aimlessly through Tumblr. Doing this takes away your boredom for a bit, but then you get bored on there so you switch to Twitter, and then, you get bored on there, so you go on Instragram.
Do you know what happens next?
You go back on Tumblr to see what else you can find. There’s nothing wrong with passing time by going on social media—it’s not bad. And it’s fine when you have 5 minutes to spare.
But on those longer periods, wouldn’t you rather have something else to do, like a hobby? Something that’ll not only kill your boredom, but also fill you with happiness?
Taking the time to do random things that make you happy—like collecting, learning a new instrument, painting, etc—is proven to boost your happiness. Boosting your happiness is a great way to change your life.
Plus, this isn’t something scary at all. You can do these things by yourself just for you and at home.
But, it counts, and it works.
2. FIND A NEW THING TO DO EVERYDAY
Breaking a routine and doing something new not only makes you happier, but it’s a good way to practice taking control of your life. By finding something new to do everyday, you practice stepping out of your comfort zone and overcoming fears.
Though finding a new thing to do everyday sounds intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. Like the quote in the beginning says, you can be right outside of your comfort zone, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a giant leap.
A new change can be something as little as going to a new restaurant, or even going to a restaurant you’ve already gone to but letting the waiter order your meal.
You can do something everyday that challenges different areas. If you’re not the type of person who expresses emotions often, call your mom and tell her you love her when you say goodbye. Practice being kinder by giving 2 strangers a compliment when you’re out today. Wake up an hour earlier one day and just enjoy the sunrise.
There are lots of things you can do, and nothing has to be too scary, but this is a good way to change your life.
3. READ SELF-HELP BOOKS
This is the easiest one on here.
Reading self-help books is a huge way to begin to change your life. All it requires from you is to get up and go to Barnes & Noble and buy a couple books.
Don’t have much money? Go to library to check some out. Or go to thrift stores—you can get 3 books for a buck.
Actually, you may not even have to get off the couch! If you like e-books, you just have to go to iBooks and buy some books there. (Not being sponsored or anything, promise.)
Self-help books are great, in my humble opinion. Whether you want to build up your confidence, learn to love yourself, or get rid of negative beliefs, there’s a book for it!
Quick piece of advice though: don’t just read the book—apply the information. Use it in your life, practice the techniques.
Use the books that are available to you. There is no excuse for this. This is a great way to change your life.
So, I recommend doing all of these things, but if you want to start off with one, then that’s fine! But, do it.
Change your life by doing something that won’t make you take a big step out of your comfort zone.
Let me know in the comments what you’re going to be doing—what book you’re going to get, what new thing you’ll be doing today, or what hobby you’re finally going to pick up!
See you there 🙂