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15 Things You Can Achieve Before You Turn 25

15 Things You Can Achieve Before You Turn 25

Are you almost 25? Your early twenties are about finding yourself, having fun and gaining independence for most women. You may feel like you’re halfway between a teenager and an adult, working a full-time job while eating dry cereal and candy for dinner.

This is totally normal – don’t worry! However, there are a few things you should be able to do by the time you hit 25 to make your own life easier and more pleasant – check them out here.

1. Make a new friend

Your friends are awesome, but you can never have enough friends. Don’t just associate with the people you have known since high school – lose the fear and realize everyone you talk to is a potential friend.

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2. Think for yourself

Don’t believe everything you read or are told. Research before you form an opinion, whether you are reading the news or your best friend’s tweets.

3. Be able to enjoy your own company

You don’t have to become a hermit, but don’t fear being alone. You have a lot in common with yourself, so try to spend a night a week enjoying your own company and doing the things you love – just alone.

4. Be able to cook a nutritious meal

Learn to cook a meal you love that is nutritious and healthy. You don’t have to learn an entire cookbook – just one or two recipes that you can use when you feel like having a tasty, warm, nutritious dinner.

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5. Go a week without complaining

It may seem impossible, but you might notice that you’re happier when you’re not fixating on the things that annoy you.

6. Be confident enough to ask for a raise

If you feel like you deserve a promotion, don’t be afraid to ask after one. Women often earn less than men, and it is important to know your worth and how to ask for more.

7. Understand your money

Student loans are real and so is credit card debt. Start paying off your debts and consider opening a saving account.

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8. Trust yourself

Second guessing yourself and self-doubt will only make your life harder. Trust yourself and realize you are the best person to make your own life choices.

9. Walk away from a negative relationship

Most people have a toxic relationship in their lives – it could be a co-worker, a friend or a member of your family, but if you know that the relationship has gone sour, walk away. Even if they were kind to you once, you don’t deserve that toxicity in your life.

10. Become more compassionate

Many people are proud of being blunt, but being compassionate is often nicer for the people around you. It is important to be honest, but it is also important to be a kind and supportive person – aim to be both.

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11. Put together a piece of furniture

If you can’t do something, learn to do it. Instead of asking your friend to help you set up the furniture, sit down with the manual and figure it out yourself. You’ll feel so proud whenever you look at the completed piece of furniture.

12. Stick up for yourself

If you need to sit down on the train, ask the person sat down to move up so there is room for both of you. You are just as important as everyone else in this world, so don’t sell yourself short or let others steamroll you.

13. Have a disagreement without getting upset

Being able to argue without getting upset or personally offended is an important part of being a mature adult. Be logical during conflict and people are more likely to respect your opinions and listen to you.

14. Create a signature drink

Alcoholic or not, it is pretty fun mixing up a unique drink that tastes delicious.

15. Learn to budget

Budget your entire pay check and set aside money for rent, bills, food, debt, savings and fun. This will make the rest of your life much easier and less stressful.

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Last Updated on May 17, 2019

This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

The pursuit of worthwhile goals is a part of what makes life enjoyable. Being able to set a goal, then see yourself progress towards achieving that goal is an amazing feeling.

But do you know the biggest obstacle for most people trying to achieve their goals, the silent dream killer that stops people before they ever even get started? That obstacle is the comfort zone, and getting stuck there is bound to derail any efforts you make towards achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself.

If you want to achieve those goals, you’ll have to break free from your comfort zone. Let’s take a look at how your life will change once you build up the courage to leave your comfort zone.

What Is the Comfort Zone?

The comfort zone is defined as “a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.”

What stands out to me the most about that definition is the last part: “using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.” How many successful people do you know who deliver a steady level of performance?

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The goal in life is to continually challenge yourself, and continually improve yourself. And in order to do that, you have move out of your comfort zone. But once you do, your life will start to change in ways you could never have imagined. I know because it’s happening right now in my own life.

Here’s what I’ve learned.

1. You will be scared

Leaving your comfort zone isn’t easy. In fact, in can be downright terrifying at times, and that’s okay. It’s perfectly normal to feel a little trepidation when you’re embarking on a journey that forces you to try new things.

So don’t freak out or get overwhelmed when you feel yourself getting a little scared. It’s perfectly normal and all part of the process. What’s important is that you don’t let that fear hold you back. You must continue to take action in the face of fear.

That’s what separates winners from losers.

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2. You will fail

Stepping out of your comfort zone means you’re moving into uncharted territory. You’re trying things that you’ve never tried before, and learning things you’ve never learned before.

That steep learning curve means you’re not going to get everything right the first time, and you will eventually fail when you move out of your comfort zone. But as long as the failures aren’t catastrophic, it can actually be a good thing to fail because …

3. You will learn

Failure is the best teacher. I’ve learned more from each one of my failures than I have from each one of my successes. When you fail small, and fail often, you rapidly increase the rate at which you learn new insights and skills. And that new knowledge, if applied correctly, will eventually lead to your success.

4. You will see yourself in a different way

Once you move out of your comfort zone, you immediately prove to yourself that you’re capable of achieving more than you thought was possible. And that will change the way you see yourself.

Moving forward, you’ll have more confidence in yourself whenever you step out of your comfort zone, and that increased confidence will make it more likely that you continue to step outside your comfort zone. And each time you do, you’ll prove to yourself again and again what you’re really capable of.

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5. Your peers will see you in a different way

Whether we want to admit or not, people judge other people. And right now, people view you in a certain way, and they have a certain idea of what you’re capable of. That’s because they’ve become accustomed to seeing you operate in your comfort zone.

But once you move out of your comfort zone, you’ll prove to other people, as well, that you’re capable of much more than you’ve shown in the past.

The increased confidence other people place in you will bring about more opportunities than ever before.

6. Your comfort zone will expand

The good thing about the comfort zone is that it’s flexible and malleable. With each action you take outside of your comfort zone, it expands. And once you master that new skill or action, it eventually becomes part of your comfort zone.

This is great news for you because it means that you can constantly increase and improve upon the behaviors that you’re comfortable with. And the more tools and skills you have at your disposal, the easier it will be to achieve your goals.

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7. You will increase your concentration and focus

When you’re living inside of your comfort zone, the bulk of your actions are habitual: automatic, subconscious, and requiring limited focus.

But once you move out of your comfort zone, you no longer rely on those habitual responses. You’re forced to concentrate and focus on the new action in a way you never do in your comfort zone.

8. You will develop new skills

Moving out of your comfort zone requires that you develop new skills. One of the many benefits you’ll experience is that you’ll be stepping away from the “limited set of behaviors” and start to develop your ability and expertise in new areas.

Living inside of your comfort zone only requires a limited skill set, and those skills won’t contribute much to your success. Once you can confidently step outside of your comfort zone and learn a new skill, there’s no limit to how much you can achieve.

9. You will achieve more than before

With everything that happens once you move out of your comfort zone, you’re naturally going to achieve more than ever before.

Your increased concentration and focus will help you develop new skills. Those new skills will change the way you see yourself, encouraging you to step even further out of your comfort zone.

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