The benefits of getting out your comfort zone

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I’ve just got back from five days in Minneapolis, where I attended a conference on simple living.

I had an awesome time there.

I can’t even begin to explain it.

It was maybe one of the best times of my life.

I met so many people that I felt instantly connected to.

I made deep friendships in just a few hours.

(It’s amazing what you can get down to when you take away the “What do you do?”, and other standard conversation topics).

I laughed… I shared… I connected… and I welled up with tears at times.

Plus…

I gained a whole heap of friends from across North America, who share the same mindsets and beliefs, and are just about the most welcoming people anyone could hope to meet.

Phew.

It was possibly one of the most rewarding, fun, humbling, exciting experiences of my life.

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Are you looking for a happiness “quick-fix”?

One of the things I’ve noticed about this blog is that the most popular posts are the ones about happiness.

(How to be happy, ways to be happier, etc…)

I guess that isn’t surprising.

In a way, that’s what it all comes down to.

Better time management… so you have more time to do things that make you feel happy.

Being more productive… so you have more time to do things that make you happy.Read More »

Things we think are impossible (but are not)

I’m not talking about running a marathon in 2 hours having only run a 5k before, or how you can earn $100,000 just by turning on your computer.

I’m talking about softer things. Things that we really find impossible.

The things that are so tiny and inbuilt, that when you suggest to someone that they start (or stop) doing it, they look at you like you just suggested they cut off their own arm with your nail scissors.Read More »

Are you taking the easy route?

It’s easier…

  • It’s easier to stay in a job you hate, or mildly dislike, than it is to do the deep soul-searching you know you need to do, to figure out what really sets you alight.
  • It’s easier to blame it on someone else, than admit you might be part of the problem.
  • (I used to tell myself I couldn’t cook, because I wasn’t taught how. Now I realize that is BS!)

  • It’s easier to stay with someone you know isn’t good for you than it is to start over again, be on your own, and take a risk, even though you might meet someone amazing.

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How to get out your comfort zone, slowly

I heard a couple of different ideas recently about how to get out your comfort zone, and I wanted to talk about what works for me.

The first technique I heard was from the TED talk by Priya Parker on How to Quit Your Life and Reboot. Personally, Priya’s talk didn’t reach out to me – it didn’t give me the “deep life lesson” that I like to get from TED talks (hey, everyone uses them for different things!)

The point Priya makes is that to get out your comfort zone and help yourself grow, you should do things like start singing loudly in a supermarket queue… and carry on singing when everyone looks at you. Or turn the opposite way to everyone else in a crowded elevator, and stay there.  Read More »