So it’s the first blog post of 2018! It’s already been almost two months into the year and I hope the year is going good for all.
I would like to bring to you 4 very simple ways to get out of your comfort zone and expand your horizons.
What is the comfort zone?
A comfort zone is a zone for each one of us where we feel safe or at ease, where we use only tried and tested methods which can yield only the same type of result.
Why get out of it?
Getting out of the zone, means essentially adding more value to your life, growth in terms of personal and professional life. It basically means expanding your horizons, facing your fears and doing something you have not done before, to make your life more meaningful than it is now.
In fact, writing a blog post on something like this, is me getting out my comfort zone as well, because it’s different from what I usually write.
Here I am sharing with you four effortless yet significant ways to change the way you perceive life, and help in giving you enriching experiences.
1. Go out and eat alone.
Yes, you heard that right. It may sound simple or bizzare or unimportant, until you actually go out and do it. In a country like India where going out with company is a norm,eating solo can make you feel embarassed or as if you are doing something inappropriate. Especially we women are totally so used to being surrounded by people and we always need someone to go out with, whether it’s your friends, family or someone special, we are constantly in company. Having company is great. It is the thing I crave for love the most in fact. But what if you went out alone to eat? Sounds weird?? That’s exactly why you should do it then. You know what, if you really want to get a unique experience, the best thing is to go out to an eatery/ restaurant/ mall/ cafe, sit there and eat alone. Trust me, as an Indian woman, even someone who has lived in the cities, it was tough and awkward for me when I did it, but the liberating experience was definitely worth it.
2. Smile More.
This one seems to be very easy, but when you try it, you actually realise how less you have been smiling. Try smiling at that co-worker you don’t like. Try smiling at the homeless kid on the street or a stranger on your way back home. Do you smile often enough at your family, friends and the special
people in your life? Do you smile when you look at yourself in the mirror?? Most of the times, we forget to do that. I forget it as well. So just smile looking at them and yourself and see the difference. Not only are the people around you happy, but you’ll be happier as a result. Initially it seems difficult, it seems so to me many times as well. You would have to force a smile in the beginning but later on it just happens naturally on most occasions. You feel different inside and of course appear much more pleasant.
3. Modify your routine.
Perhaps you keep doing the same old routine, like some people. And that’s okay. It’s good. Routine is a necessity for all of us. But if you want to expand your horizons and bring a change in your lifestyle changing tiny things in your routine can be good and make you feel better about following it. It can be as small a change as trying different clothes for work, or changing the road you take to travel your destinations or simply going out and meeting an old friend. Or just change the position of your dining table in the kitchen or put that vase in a different corner. Small little things. Whatever you feel can bring about a change in your current schedule or in the way your current life seems to be.
Of course, this one doesn’t need an introduction. It is already my favourite thing to read about and write as well, so I’ll keep it short. Much has already been written about traveling by so many people out there. That’s because it does add value to the way you perceive things in life.Traveling doesn’t
mean taking exotic trips and expensive vacations. If you want an enriching experience while traveling, make sure you learn about the history or culture of that place, interact with a few locals and learn how things work there. It’s not just about the destinations, but the effort you make to understand and enjoy the journey. You can even travel to various places in or just outside your own city or town which you havent explored before just for a different experience. Go out with your friends, family or your significant other, or the much talked about solo traveling way. Doesn’t matter what, but when you come back, remember to carry a new piece of experience with you which will enrich your life.
These were a few of the ways which I find simple enough to help me broaden my horizons. Hope atleast one of them appeals to you all.
There are 100s of ideas out there. Find what suits you the best. Perhaps you can invent a different concept yourself!
Hope you enjoyed this post!
Till the next post;
Dream. Imagine. Be Crazy. Be You