Last week I did something completely out of my comfort zone and ordinary weekly routine. I took my boys to a symphony orchestra performance in the middle of the week, regardless of our household routine and homework schedules.
I was nervous because I was not sure how to find the hall where the performance was held and I knew the boys will feel tired the next morning due to a late night. The boys were a bit hesitant when I told them where we were going, but they seemed to understand that this is a new stage of my liberated life and they were happy to support me on my mission to give them new life experiences.
All in all, the evening went well, the boys enjoyed their out-of-routine event and to do something not quite so boring as just the normal sports, homework, TV etc. It felt great and it made me realize how monotonous our lives are. We never experience new things, we don’t learn new facts, we don’t expose ourselves to challenging situations.
There’s no room for adventure and excitement in your comfort zone; in fact, over time you might feel overwhelmed and trapped by boredom and fear. Perhaps it’s time to stretch those limits a little! Not only will your life become more exciting, but you’ll also build confidence.
My youngest son told me afterwards that he would like to do more new things that he has never done before. I think he gets it!
It made me ponder on the idea of putting together a list of things that hold us back to enjoy our lives 100%. Here is the 5 top reasons I came up with:
1. Forget what people think – One of the biggest things that holds many of us back is our fear of what people think.
2. Face your fears – It’s good to be proactive, but it’s bad to let a significant portion of your life be devoted to averting things that never happen–Little things that could turn into adventures or funny stories if you allow yourself to deal with a little discomfort.
3. Don’t expect a particular result – let go of your attachment to a certain outcome; instead, focus on the joy of doing whatever you’re doing. Live in the moment.
4. Enjoy the unknown – When is the last time you felt excited about not knowing what was going to happen next? Bring that feeling back into your life. Change your frame of mind.
5. Just go! – You have to choose, but most people believe they are too busy, too tired, too stressed and the list goes on. Get dressed, get in your car and go! You will feel amazingly satisfied with your actions afterwards.
Just to get you going, herewith five liberating things to do to get out of your comfort zone:
1. Eat something that you don’t like eating. Try it again!
2. Learn a new skill. Cook, dance, paint, sing, anything.
3. Visit a new place.
4. Get up early and see the sun rise.
5. Make a new friend.
Push your boundaries.
As your life continues to improve it will become easier to expand your comfort zone, because when you’re happy, optimistic and confident, you’ll be more inclined to take risks and live adventurously.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”