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2016 Is Ending: See If You Have Done These 4 Things To Live A Great Year

2016 Is Ending: See If You Have Done These 4 Things To Live A Great Year

As we come to the end of another year, it’s time to look back on the past 12 months and take a personal inventory.

If you are serious about furthering your personal growth, then it’s a good idea to ask yourself the following four questions on a regular basis. They can all act as powerful triggers for self-reflection. Each question will help you assess whether or not you have lived a truly great 2016 and help you in your 2017 journey to ensure you live an even greater year.

#1 Have you become more positive?

A positive mindset is the key to success in every area of your life.

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Until you learn to spot and grab a hold of the opportunities that surround you, then much of your potential will be wasted. Furthermore, it’s much easier to be productive and recover from setbacks if you can maintain an upbeat frame of mind. Were you able to look on the bright side in 2016, or did you find yourself slipping into a negative state from time to time?

Some people seem to naturally be more positive than others, but with practice, anyone can teach themselves to look for silver linings in even the bleakest of situations. If you are already positive, make it a priority in 2017 to hold onto this invaluable mentality!

#2 Have you learned more about your strengths and weaknesses?

Taking an honest look at your personal strengths and weaknesses can be challenging.

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Not only is it hard to be honest with ourselves, but we are all complex creatures who behave differently depending on the situation, our mood, and many other factors. This is why it’s worth taking the time to evaluate where you currently shine and the areas in which you could stand to improve.

What has gone well over the past year and what could you have done differently?

Make a plan for the next few months that will allow you to improve your weaker areas and reinforce your strengths even further. No one is perfect, but you can help yourself along the path to self-fulfillment by being willing to examine your unique profile of skills, talents, and future ambitions.

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#3 Have you discovered more about what you really want?

What you want most from life will change as you age.

For example, in your late teens and early twenties, your focus may be securing a college degree and then progressing up the first few rungs of the career ladder. However as time goes on, you may find that your key want and need is for a long-term relationship, spiritual development, or starting a family.

As you reflect back on 2016, consider whether your main wants and needs have changed over the past 12 months. If so, do you need to adjust your plans or lifestyle to move closer to attaining your dreams? If your desires have remained unchanged, have you taken appropriate steps in 2016 to help yourself inch closer to your goals?

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#4 Have you made at least one breakthrough in your work or personal life?

You don’t always have to perform great feats or heroic deeds to make progress when it comes to personal growth.

As long as you are willing to step outside your comfort zone, then you are travelling in the right direction. Think about any challenges you have overcome in 2016. Have you conquered any fears or realized any ambitions? Whether or not these breakthroughs feel life-changing, congratulate yourself for daring to push yourself further and moving closer to the person you want to be.

Examining your life and drawing up a plan for the coming year may be a daunting prospect, but self-reflection is the best way of assuring that you are on the right track. Even if you feel as though 2016 was not an especially good year, 2017 is just around the corner.

Why not strive to make it the best 12 months of your life?

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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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