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15 Signs You’re Living in an Exotic Family

15 Signs You’re Living in an Exotic Family

In this age of technology, it is difficult to find families who simply break the rules of the conventional. Growing up, it sort of apparent how whimsical and nontraditional our families can be. There was strength in every unit of the family and this was something to cling on to.

1. You have various interests.

Nobody is sticking to the good old traditional role of becoming doctors, lawyers or engineers. Among your family members, everyone cherishes and wants to be someone different—maybe an athlete, maybe a photographer or a musician.

2. Each family member is an island to her or himself.

Although every member cherishes and spends a large amount of time together, there is distinction and respect among family members, especially when it comes to living apart and respecting each other’s space.

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3. You know family is important.

When there is a special moment or reason to be together, you do not make excuses to be away from the family. Each family member knows that all family events are important.

4. You appreciate knowledge.

Education is important to your family. Getting a college or a professional degree is important. This could mean going away from home or making more financial commitments, but you understand why it is important that you get one.

5. You can have a drink with your dad.

You dad is a combination of old school and modern approach to life. There is flexibility and room for one to make mistakes.

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6. There is always an interesting story to be told.

Whether it is from your parents or from your grandparents, there is this anecdotal story you have heard from them time and time again. And the more they tell it, the more it spins.

7. You have someone who covers for your mistakes.

You make mistakes and mistakes in an exotic family could bring forth a different kind of ridicule. But someone is always there to shield you—your brother or your sister—from the consequences of your wrongful action.

8. Your uncles and your aunts are like your second parents.

You have uncles and aunts who offer you advice, support and ridicule the same way your parents do. You may want to get away from their watchful eye, but it seems that they are very much interested in your progress in life.

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9. You can look forward to family outings.

Family events and outings are something you yearn for. Not only do you catch up on lost time, but there is also always something intriguing and new to discover.

10. There is always an expert within the family.

It could be your grandma, who claims to have a drug for all ailments, or your grandfather, who has firsthand knowledge on how to make any woman or guy fall in love with you.

11. There is a celebration for almost anything.

Whether you passed your SATs and are going off to college, or getting a new job, or buying a new car, there is always something that ignites a celebration.

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12. You will always cherish your family photos.

Wherever you go and whenever you come back, family is a part of you. And this is shown in the variety, amusement and love that is present in your family photos.

13. Your cousins and relatives are also your best friends.

There is no major divide between members of your immediate and extended family. When you hang out with your cousins or relatives, you always have something unforgettable to cherish.

14. There is always one person who partners with you in your mischief.

You love to create fun for yourself and others; thus you become mischievous and cook up schemes. And you have a brother or a sister who is always your partner in crime.

15. You have a confidante in your mom.

While everything may look unconventional and different, your mom is the one you can always have that heart-to-heart talk with.

Featured photo credit: SLO County Bicycle Coalition via Flickr via flickr.com

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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.

Featured photo credit: Josef Grunig via farm3.staticflickr.com

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