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30 Things You Need to Experience to Understand How Amazing Life is

30 Things You Need to Experience to Understand How Amazing Life is

Yeah, we all get it, life sucks! But do you really need to wallow in all things negative? If you really want people to picture you as this crazy hermit afraid of even breathing, then this article is not for you.

Let’s face it: Life is amazing, life is messy, and you wouldn’t want it any other way. How else would magical things happen, or—dare anyone say—even miracles?

That being said, all of us only have so much time on earth, so how do we do it all?

You don’t. So pick only the essentials. Here are 30 things you need to experience to understand how amazing life is.

1. Travel

Yeah, yeah, this is something everyone recommends. Getting to eat that dish you’ll remember for life. Meeting hot babes. Laughing along with locals who remind you friendly people still exist. This are just a few of many reasons why people recommend it.

2. Waking Up next to a Loved One

Who wouldn’t want to experience something awesome right from the minute they wake up?

3. Fail Epically

Sounds cheesy, but it is through our failures that miracles occur. Opportunities will come knocking on your door, I promise.

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4. Succeed at Something

It doesn’t have to be something grand like making a million dollars, but celebrate any type of success you have.

5. Work at Your Dream Job

What would you pursue if you could have 100% chance of success? Working at your dream job will ignite your passion and you’ll wonder why you’re getting paid to do something you’d easily do for free.

6. Do an Extreme Sport

Come on, I dare you.

7. Be a Mentor

You’ll feel a rush of excitement and be so proud when the person you mentor achieves success because of what you did.

8. Get a Mentor

You need a mentor, too, to show you that life can be more than you dreamed of.

9. Exercise the Heck out of Your Body

Remember how awesome you feel after each workout?

10. Try Your Hand at Becoming a Minimalist

Like they say, less is more. You’ll soon notice at how much happier you are when you have fewer things to worry about.

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11. Outsource Menial Tasks

You’d be surprised at how much leisure time you have, or even how you can get more done, when you outsource tasks that suck up more time than you initially realized.

12. Take a Week Off to Unplug

It’s amazing how getting away from an electronic device (especially our phones!) can really recharge our batteries. (Ha, ha, get it?)

13. Go for a Spa Day

Come on, even men could benefit from a relaxing massage. You’ll emerge a new man (or woman).

14. Ask for Help

You’ll cry knowing how much you’re loved when people step up and help you when you’re in need.

15. Be an Extra in a Movie

Who wouldn’t want to meet celebrities in person?

16. Take an Online Course

Many of them are free, and you’ll remember at once the joy you felt when you learned something new. Especially something you’ve always been curious about.

17. Blog

Express yourself! You also get to be in awe of the power of the internet, and how many people connect over this nifty little thing.

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18. Learn a New Language

It just opens so many doors, such as meeting and being friends with people you normally wouldn’t be able to communicate with.

19. Laugh. A Lot.

Nothing is better in life than laughing until you cry or can’t breathe anymore.

20. Fall in Love

You know that high everyone talks about? Yeah.

21. Have at Least One Sexy Outfit.

That doesn’t mean it has to be revealing. Just something that makes you feel good inside and out.

22. Read More

Is there anything better than getting lost in a book?

23. Spend More Time with Family

Do I really need to elaborate on this?

24. Spend More Time with Friends

Why wouldn’t you?

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25. Meditate

Getting into a calm state of mind really helps you change your perspective on how good life actually is.

26. Cry. A Lot.

Sometimes, all we need is to simply cry in order to feel better. It makes us realize that life goes on, no matter what.

27. Writing in a Gratitude Journal for at Least a Month

Having a grumpy day? Think about the good things in life and you’ll be sure to realize how amazing life is

28. Hang Out with People Who Laugh until They Make You Cry

Laughter is such great medicine. Really.

29. Smile

It’s scientifically proven that smiling (even when you don’t feel happy) boosts your mood. So why not do more of it?

30. Mix up Your Routine

Sometimes we forget how awesome life is simply because we’re bored with what we’re doing.

Featured photo credit: katiew 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.

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