Growth is an uncomfortable ordeal that we all need to go through to get the most out of life. In adulthood, it’s so easy to slip into the place of comfort zone, where all 0our days stay the same, life becomes stagnant and there is no internal growth or life progress. Here are some ways to make sure you aren’t getting stuck in your comfort zone.
1. Do something independently
Is there a new film out that you really want to watch or a restaurant that you really want to eat at; but you keep putting it off because you have no one to go with you? Don’t wait for anyone to be available for you. Be available for yourself and take that independent step. Dine out on your own and watch a movie by yourself. When doing things alone, you get to do whatever you want to- you can sit where you want, eat what you want, be as slow or as fast as you want. No compromises and polite conversation-making. Only downside to this is that it may make you so independent that you avoid meeting new people, which swiftly takes us to the next tip....
2. Spend time with new people
Meet new people. You can do this online or in real life. Use the sources you have available to you to meet new people. Go to clubs, bars, pubs, social events and make a point to talk to someone you’ve never met before. Worse case scenario, you’re bored and at best, you make a friend for life. A lot of my good friendships have started from random conversations.
3. Learn something new
You may be in full time employment and your student days may be something of the past; but you are never too old to learn something new. So enrol yourself in for that language course you’ve been meaning to. Or get onto a dance, self-defence, creative writing course. There is no shortage of things you can learn about. Picking up new skills or gaining new knowledge is great for you; not only are you picking up some new information but you’re also developing a better brain in the process. When you learn something new, your brain fires electrons to the synapses. This creates new networks and pathways in the brain- something very powerful to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in later life.
4. Try something you don’t like
Is there a hobby that everyone seems to love but you just don’t get; like listening to music, reading a book or watching a movie? Force yourself to try something you’ve ruled out before because you’ve found it boring and it’s not your cup of tea. Chances are over the years you’ve matured a little and appreciate the joys of things you didn’t before. However, if you’re still unable to enjoy yourself, revisit said hobby in a few years’ time. You’re on a mission to push yourself to do things that you don’t enjoy or that you’re not comfortable with so you can grow and develop in a smarter, sophisticated, better and more mature you.
5. Apply for a job that’s out of your league
At best, you land an interview from the application, the interviewers fall in love with you and hire you on the spot. Worst case scenario, you don’t get the job- instead you get to see where you are falling short of getting your dream job so you know what you need to work on. So, it’s just a win-win situation all round.
6. Do Something Good for You
Get into the habit of regular exercise or join an exercise class (self-defence counts). Do something that is good for you but is annoying to do because it requires patience and commitment. Challenge yourself to do it and really stick at it. You’ll be amazed at just how much you’re capable of.
7. Get out of your Routine
Change up your routine every now and again if your find yourself getting comfortable with your schedule. Use your free days to explore places you’ve never been to before. Or if you find yourself getting bored of life, why not take up running? This will break up the monotony of life while giving you something healthy to do.
8. Do something you’ve always meant to
Life is too short to wait for the things that you want from life. If there is something that you have always wanted to do, now is the time to make things happen. You have one life and you owe it to yourself to make it the best life possible.
9. Break the Rules
Some rules are worth breaking and that’s why this blog post only has nine tips instead of....
(Psst...I’m being ironic by breaking the rules of blog posting and I’m no finishing the sentence. Ahhh....the joy of being a bad ass rule-breaker!!)