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5 Wonderful Things Will Happen When You Start Volunteering

5 Wonderful Things Will Happen When You Start Volunteering

Every single person born has a unique gift, whether you have discovered it or not (trust me it’s there inside you). Whether it’s the gift of encouragement, the gift to make others smile or laugh, the gift of comforting someone. We all have the power within us to help someone by sharing our gifts with them. today you help them and tomorrow they could help you or someone else.

Volunteering is an amazing activity it presents you the opportunity to share your time and talents freely for a great cause. It is a great alternative for those who would like to contribute to a cause, but don’t have the money to donate. Here are five wonderful things that will happen when you start volunteering:

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1. You’ll improve lives when you start volunteering

Peoples lives are improved everyday because someone was an inspiration to them while volunteering. When you make the choice to volunteer sometimes you will never know the beautiful effect your good deed will have on so many others in the world. You could inspire someone to be the next Entrepreneur, Inventor or Artist and it sparks a chain reaction.

Academy Award Winner Denzel Washington said as a child he attended the boys and girls club. Mr. Washington has shared with the world how the boys and girls club has improved his life and he returned to be the national spokesperson for the club. This is a perfect example of how helping someone plants the seed to inspire them to help others.

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2. You’ll become more connected with others

Volunteering allows you to meet new people and establish great connections. If you have recently moved to a new city volunteering can help expose you up to fresh new connections. What better way to meet new friends or members in a community than by volunteering to solve a problem within the community or world.

3. You’ll learn more about yourself

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to grow in many ways, one way is to learn more about yourself. Every time I decided to volunteer I have learned something new about myself in the process. It may be something as simple as you prefer working outdoors like gardening, or prefer working indoors on computers. Who knows you may even discover a new passion in life after loving your volunteer position so much. Volunteering brings to light so many different positions and opportunities to make a difference that you otherwise would not know exists. Websites like Volunteermatch.org allows you to view volunteer positions with different organizations wherever you are and it matches you with your interests so you can find the right opportunity for you.

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4. You’ll decrease your risk of mortality

A recent research study by the Corporation of National & Community services has shown that people who volunteered 100 hours over the course of a year were healthier than those who do not volunteer. It was stated that “Some of the health benefits included having longer lives, lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression.”

5. You’ll experience a boost in happiness

Have you ever experienced a warm and happy feeling when volunteering? I know I have, its a real joy to know that you are able to contribute to helping make someones day a little brighter. If you are in between jobs, retired, or dealing with hardships in life use your time to volunteer it will boost your happiness, self esteem and lift your mood to help solve a problem and strengthen the community. Sometimes life can hand us some hard times that will take a hit at your confidence. You may feel like you have nothing to contribute but there are a variety of organizations and volunteer positions that desperately needs you.

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There are so many different organizations out there just waiting for great people like you to get involved and share your talents and time. Find a great cause that you relate to or want to be part of and just get out there and do it.

Featured photo credit: Luo Ting/ by Jonathan Kos-Read via imcreator.com

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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

3. Get comfortable with discomfort

One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

4. See failure as a teacher

Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

5. Take baby steps

Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

6. Hang out with risk takers

There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

10. Focus on the fun

Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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