15 Ways You Can Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone Every Day

We are all creatures of comfort and familiarity. Whenever we step outside our comfort zone, sometimes also referred to as our familiar zone, we experience a level of discomfort or unease.

On such occasions, we can either challenge ourselves and keep moving forward, or we can retreat and step back into our comfort zone. If we want to continue to develop and grow, then we must be willing to step out of our comfort zone on a consistent basis.

The good thing is stepping out of our comfort zone doesn’t necessarily have to be something gigantic. I personally think it’s wiser to build up our confidence to challenge ourselves gradually and then over time, we can attempt the more challenging things like changing careers, starting a new business, or relocating to a different state or country.

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5 Reasons Why Being Alone With Your Thoughts Can Be Good For You

Are you comfortable with spending time on your own? When was the last time you intentionally took time out to be by yourself?

Throughout history, all the great leaders and all the great teachers have disagreed on many things but one thing that they’ve all agreed upon is that our thoughts can be harnessed to bring about big changes in our lives and in the world. In fact, one of the most successful recordings in the personal development industry is called The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale, in which the secret is we become what we think about most of the time.

The reality is most of us do not harness the power of our thoughts. One of my mentors has an interesting saying — 2% of the population thinks, 3% think they think and 95% would rather die than think. Sustained thinking is often very challenging because most of us have not been taught how to use our thoughts effectively.

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5 Things To Remember If You’re Feeling Unmotivated

If we’re honest with ourselves, we all go through stages where we don’t feel our best or aren’t performing at our best. Feeling rundown or burnt out certainly contributes to our lack of motivation.

It’s not uncommon that as we get closer to the end of a year, we start feeling mentally exhausted and also start looking forward to the end of the year. The good news is that you’re not alone and it’s not something you have to go through on your own.

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10 Practices That Will Transform Your Life In A Positive Way

As I reflect back on the journey I have been on for a few years now, I am quite amazed with the transformation that I have experienced — almost all of them, in a positive way.

When I was a teenager, still searching for an identity, one of the not-so positive habits I formed was in the choice of music I listened. I started listening to hip-hop music or more specifically, rap music — the kind which used to have a warning on the CD cover of “explicit lyrics.” This practice continued all through high school, university and the first few years after I completed my university studies.

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15 Things You Can Do To Have More Fun This Weekend Without Breaking The Bank

We all like the idea of having fun. Unfortunately, for most business owners and entrepreneurs, having fun is one of those things that we “hope” we can fit in around our busy work schedule. The sad truth is that most business owners and entrepreneurs are going about this the wrong way.

Rather than trying to fit in the things we love or really want to do around our work, it is much better to schedule things we can do for fun just like a work appointment.

It is unrealistic to think we’ll make this major shift of scheduling in fun activities and potentially compromise our work commitments straight away. However, we can start taking back our weekends as an initial step to start off with and give ourselves permission to have a break from the work we think we need to do.

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7 Simple Ideas To Help You Avoid Slowing Down And Finally Get Things Done

I’ll admit it – I am my biggest distraction and I’m usually the one who slows me down when I’m trying to be productive and get things done. Can you relate to this?

With so many things at our disposal today such as the latest and greatest technology devices, social media or the internet, getting things done can be challenging especially if you’re a busy business owner or entrepreneur.

While some things may be out of our control, there are certainly a lot of things we can control so that we can be focused when it’s time to do our highest value work.

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5 Easy Ways To Find More Time To Read

There are many cute phrases that describe people who read. They include:

  • Readers are learners
  • Readers are writers.
  • Readers are winners.
  • Leaders are readers.

Personally, I find reading to be a crucial part of my personal growth. When I read, I get the mental stimulation I need to generate new ideas, be creative or innovative, plus it also improves my vocabulary and my writing skills. If I am not reading regularly, I feel stagnant.

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10 Small Wins You Should Celebrate Every Week

In the process of striving to achieve more and more, do you sometimes fail to stop and celebrate what you actually have accomplished?

For a long time, I had gotten into the habit of moving onto the next thing after I had completed or achieved something I had set out to, without taking the time to stop, reflect, acknowledge and celebrate what I had achieved. In recent times, I have given myself permission to actually slow down and celebrate an achievement before moving onto the next thing, which I have found to be extremely beneficial.

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10 Empowering Beliefs To Install That Will Transform Your Life

We all have beliefs. Our beliefs are the filter through which we see ourselves, others and the world. Our beliefs can either empower us or they can limit us. Our actions are usually in line with our beliefs.

Our beliefs are the meaning we give certain things. The challenge is most of us weren’t taught how to install new beliefs or we do not intentionally choose the beliefs we want to have.

It really comes down to awareness and choice — if we’re aware that our beliefs aren’t empowering us to create the experiences we want in life, then we certainly have the choice to change them and install new empowering beliefs.

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5 Simple Ways To End Today And Set Yourself Up For A Productive Day Tomorrow

All too often, in our endeavour to have productive days, we sometimes fail to recognise that how we finish our day has a big impact on how we start our next day. The better we end our day, the higher the chances we’ll have a great start to our next day.

It’s really a paradigm shift for most of us to think that our effectiveness the next day really starts the day before. The best part about this is that these steps do not require a lot of time and the steps mentioned here are quite simple.

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