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This article has been translated from our English edition.
With the kind support of John Rampton
- Start with small steps, then you can run.
- Leaving your comfort zone allows you to open your mind and see beyond what is with the naked eye.
- Go for everything, organize your life, relationships and surroundings so that you can follow your dreams and passions.
I’m optimistic, but I’ve found even pessimists to join in and make the world a better place. Do we need a “United s”? It is time for us to think, do and be something new.
Like Walt Disney said “We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”.
Usually this is a quote that I would use as inspiration as I approach a new year. However, it was useful during the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, the only positive thing about this terrible and bad year was that it sparked innovation. Lots of innovation!
The question is, why wait until a new year or a stressful time to embrace the new? It turns out that you try different things to get healthier and happier. And you become more creative, more efficient and more intelligent.
Start with small steps
If you want to start flexing your “new” muscles, make it easy for yourself. It’s an easy way to make sure you are following him. Why? Because the following activities are small enough to easily fit into your busy schedule.
Here are six ways you can try something small in order to practice larger adjustments.
1. Try something established
Perhaps the easiest way to embrace the new is to enjoy the things that you enjoy. For example, if you use the treadmill every morning, run or ride a bike. You’re still physically active, but now you’re getting the health benefits of spending time outdoors.
2. Change your routine
We’re creatures of habit and that’s not exactly a bad thing. After all, routines provide structure, can alleviate fears and make planning considerably easier.
At the same time, it can get boring when all days are the same. And if it’s not addressed, it can get you in trouble at some point. This is why you should change things from time to time.
You don’t have to completely interrupt your routine. They make small adjustments. For example, you could take a different route to work. Another idea would be to work in a location other than your office.
3. Use your non-dominant hand for simple tasks
Again, this shouldn’t be too challenging or overwhelming. The idea is that using your nondominant hand for simple tasks like brushing your teeth introduces new neural pathways.
“It’s like you have more cell phone towers in your brain to send messages. The more cell phone towers you have, the fewer calls are missed,” explains Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, Chief of Biological Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center. .
Studies have also shown that this can improve impulse control and emotional health.
4. Try a new restaurant or way of cooking
We all have our favorite restaurants and dishes, but you may be missing out on something incredibly delicious. And who knows? Maybe this inspires you to travel or to learn more about the origin of the dish.
So if there’s a new Peruvian restaurant in town, give it a try. Your taste buds will thank you, and you may want to learn more about the culture. And even if you can’t get there, you can find a recipe online and make it at home.
5. Read, write and draw
If you write, draw, and read, especially reading fiction, a study from Emory University found that stories change the brain. “Stories shape our lives and in some cases help define a person,” says neuroscientist Gregory Berns, lead author of the study and director of the Emory Center for Neuropolitics. “We want to understand how stories reach your brain and what they do with them.”
Berns adds that reading a novel “can bring you to the protagonist’s body”. This, in turn, can help us develop empathy and build closer relationships. But the best news for fiction is that it takes you out of the here and now and lets your body and brain relax a little. Your sleeping habits can be more easily achieved if you read a little before bed instead of using the TV light.
You can also improve your vocabulary by learning a new word every morning. For example, every morning I get an email from Dictonary.com that contains the word of the day.
Other suggestions? Engage in art every day. Both can improve the nerve pathway that controls attention and focus.
6. Create your schedule around “get started” activities
“The vast majority of people (especially those with bold ambitions) build their entire lives on ‘production’,” writes Nicolas Cole, author and founder of Digital Press. “You wake up and you are ready to tackle your to-do list. At 10 o’clock they have a call (departure). Lunch at noon (departure). A blocked work session at 3pm (exit) ”.
In short, your “full day is designed to get done and the” entry-level “activities become an afterthought.” Instead, change the script like Hawk to Cobra Kaiof course, without becoming a tyrant.
Cole recommends “planning your day in time pockets when you read, listen, and think”. Why? Well, when you finally start “doing” you will have lots of ideas.
Leave your comfort zone
When you exercise, at some point you have to try harder. If not, you will stagnate. It’s like increasing the number of pushups or the distance you run. I’m not sure if exercise makes you happier than money, but staying in shape is known for its positive benefits. The same goes for embracing the new.
Here are some ways to get out of your comfort zone.
1. Register for a class or workshop
While you can certainly learn by yourself, there is something to be said when attending a class or workshop. For starters, you have an expert to guide you instead of trying to thwart it yourself. This can also encourage you to do other chores that are stressful on your mind.
Attending a course or event can also improve your interpersonal relationships, e.g. B. a cooking class with your partner. Going out gives you an opportunity to meet new people and expand your network. My wife and I signed up for a “small event” to learn how to make chocolate shakes. Then we repeat the “class” over and over with friends.
Now we have the whole team, we have learned to get products from other countries and we find great value and similarities with our friends. You don’t have to do the same activity, just find something different and new.
2. Do something that scares you
Are you afraid to speak in public? If so, commit to an opportunity to speak. You can stay awake at night, but this will force you out of your shell and encourage you to find ways to overcome this fear. Learning to speak well and accurately is a skill everyone should work on, but it is about conquering something. Here is a list of ten doctors with their suggestions and observations about anxiety and what to do about it.
3. Renovate your home or work area
As I mentioned earlier, we are creatures of habit. However, if you keep things exactly alike, life can get stale. Take some time to redecorate a little. For example optimizing your desk, repainting your bedroom or setting up a garden in your yard.
4. Take on new tasks
The caveat here is only taking the new responsibility when you have the availability. After all, you don’t want to overexert yourself. If you do, look for new assignments so that you can learn or improve your skills and knowledge.
You may not have much time, but at least consider some options. A little read can give you a whole new thought process.
5. Go against the grain
I’ve always wondered why people flocked to popular destinations like the beach, Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day. Sure, the weather is fantastic, but why put up with traffic, crowds and soaring prices?
Instead, you can always look for less popular destinations. It’s an effective way to discover new places and get out of your comfort zone. I’ve found that people flock to popular destinations and become popular for one reason: the public not only researches your business, they research these places by spending their money there.
6. Plan a trip
Speaking of travel, going away from your normal routine is the best way to get all of this done in one sitting. Maybe you are afraid of flying or the language barrier. So learn to deal with your fears or take part in a language course. A trip is the best way to explore and break your everyday life.
In addition, it is good for health and wellbeing. Even planning a trip can make you happy as there is something to look forward to. Plus, you deserve a vacation every now and then.
Go big or go home
Now that your “new” muscles are in tip-top shape, it’s time to do your best. I mean, why did you try so hard when you weren’t ready to push your limits?
Take something, anything, and give that thing a greater effort than you have given in a long time. It doesn’t matter as this is a “big push” exercise. It is an exercise in coming to life. Hit the shooting range or batting cages all day. How much have you improved How do you feel? How well did you sleep that night?
Try to do this “thing” off work, just this one time. Here are some ideas for growing.
1. Organize your life
While some people are born minimalists, many of us find it difficult to let go. However, if you let go of it, it can reduce stress, increase your productivity, and potentially improve relationships.
You don’t need to be overwhelmed. Just take the time to clean and organize a specific area. For example, focus on your office on a Friday afternoon and on your kitchen on a Saturday. Donate or throw away whatever you no longer need or make happy.
Try to understand your relationship with clutter and acknowledge the insane surge of excitement you will get in clearing it up. This crazy fever is your signal that you need relief from the disaster.
2. Evaluate your relationships
Another part of cleaning up is removing toxic people from your life. However, you may also want to start a new relationship or reconnect with someone. For example, you can attend a network event (on video or wherever) or send a text message to a long-lost friend.
3. Consider adoption or parenting
If you have the resources and the will, adopt or raise a pet, or help a child learn a new skill. Raising an animal is not only a rewarding experience, but also another opportunity to develop new skills. You can even pass on your existing skills and knowledge.
You don’t have to move to the other side of the country or abroad. However, this type of exercise really gets you out of your comfort zone. Even simply moving to a new community allows you to meet new people and discover new areas that you have never been familiar with.
Other areas to get around would be: moving to a new gym, a new hiking trail, a new type of movie, a new genre of books, a new group of friends for a while. Think of something new. Move yourself and your thoughts in a new way, it doesn’t have to be a change of location.
5. Pursue your dreams and passions
After all, you commit to a great goal. If that goal is to start your own business, work on it as a sideline. If you are starting a new business, you can quit your job and start your own business. Your dreams and passions don’t have to be gigantic right now. But make a plan to move forward with something you’ve been thinking about for a while that you would like to do or become.
Sure, starting a new business is not for the faint of heart, but any new or scary challenge that forces you to think, do, or be something new can help you move forward.