Believe it or not, we are already halfway through the year. Did you start 2016 with the best of intentions? Did you have a goal ahead you wanted to achieve this year?
It is very easy to allow life to get in the way of changing habits and becoming a better version of yourself. Sometimes you need to step outside your comfort zone to achieve the results you crave. If you can recognise your individual boundaries, you will know what you need to do to push them to achieve your self-improvement.
But, what can you start with to help this process?
- Question everything:
Do not take anything for granted. If you continually question why things are the way they are it allows you to seek answers and open your mind up to new possibilities away from the norm.
- Be honest:
Being completely honest can sometimes feel uncomfortable. However, it can also be very liberating. Rather than feeling you have to adhere to certain social niceties, being constructively honest can allow you to convey exactly what you want and how you want certain situations to play out.
Don’t confuse being honest with being rude. You just need to be firm and clear whenever communicating with anyone or with yourself.
Allow yourself to slow down through meditation. It allows you to find inner calm and process all the things that are going on in your work and personal life. Studies show it also helps with your cognitive capacity, emotional intelligence, and overall self-discipline.
- Wake up early:
This might not be easy for everyone but waking up early gives you a head start on the day. You can achieve so much whilst everyone else is still asleep. Just make sure you go to bed at a decent time so getting out of bed isn’t too painful.
- Do something creative:
Giving yourself a creative outlet can do wonders for your body and mind. Rather than waste your personal time vegetating on the sofa in front of Netflix, get creative with whatever takes your fancy. You will feel more motivated and inspired.
Volunteering can help you have a greater sense of purpose and can often put things you are worried about into perspective. It will also make you feel more fulfilled and can be incredibly pleasurable.
- Practice public speaking:
There are many of us who don’t like public speaking. However, while it might seem scary, practice will help you keep your nerves at bay. You don’t want to feel at a disadvantage in a work environment as you may be called to speak in public at any time. Getting better at it will help improve your overall communication skills.
- Talk to someone new:
If you see someone you don’t know but seems interesting, why not go and talk to them. The worst that could happen is they reject your invitation to chat. At least, you know you have the confidence to go up to someone you don’t know and start a conversation. It can be a great skill when networking in a work or personal environment and many people will welcome the chance to make contact.
- Leave your phone in your pocket:
Now this can be a very tricky one for many of us. How many times have you checked your phone while you’ve been reading this? We seem to find it impossible to leave our phones alone.
However, give yourself time every day where you purposefully put your phone away and take a digital detox. Just focus your mind on the task at hand and you should be pleasantly surprised how fast you can achieve something.
Also, let your mind wander. You’ll find you become more productive, goal-orientated and creative.
- Pick just one thing to master at one time:
Stop multi-tasking and focus at the task at hand. You will master something much more quickly if you focus all your energies on it.
- Accomplish an almost impossible goal:
This is the one thing that will stretch you the most. Pick a goal that is harder than something you have ever done before. Not sure how to do this? Think of something you are comfortable doing every day and amplify it until you get to a point you become scared of doing it. Set this as your goal.
A good example is running. If you’re not a strong runner, think of a distance you can imagine achieving. It will be different for everyone. Some might be terrified of 5K; some might not be able to imagine running a marathon.
The hardest part is taking actions on a regular basis to help you achieve your goal. It will require all of your mental and physical strength. But once you’ve done it you will feel invincible, and you will never be scared of goal-setting again. You will be able to set yourself anything in the future and know you can achieve it.
All of the above are things you can adopt to lift you out of your comfort zone towards the life you want to be living.
We’re interested to know what you think. Have you found ways to step outside your comfort zone and achieve your goals? Please share your thoughts in the comments.