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10 Reasons To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone Now

10 Reasons To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone Now

“Get out of your comfort zone.”

We’ve heard these words from those cheerful, annoying, inspirational go-getters so often that they’ve become cliché:

“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.”
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“Move fast and break things.”
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Seriously?

And we look around at the government, at the economy, at our wars, at our marriages, at our jobs, and at our lives, and think, “How is getting out of my comfort zone going to change any of this?”

Well, it’s not. At least, not at first.

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But what it WILL do is make us feel better.

Even if feeling better is the only thing we get out of it, isn’t that worth making just a little bit of effort to drag ourselves to a lecture, read a book, paint our walls, plink on a guitar, learn how to say “thank you” in another language, or change our ringtone?

I mean, what the heck? What have we got to lose, other than a few minutes or maybe an hour of our lives? And then if it was a complete waste of time, we’re only out an hour and a little effort, and we can always go back to being boring old us again if we want to.

Then again, we might find getting out of our comfort zones strangely habit-forming. Here are 10 reasons you should get out of your comfort zone asap.

1. It’ll make you happy.

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    I’ll bet you weren’t in your comfort zone the last time you were absolutely giddy, were you?

    2. It’ll make you rich.

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      Rich people didn’t “buy into” the story that their financial situation was permanent. They got out of their comfort zones, and their lives got better.

      3. It’ll make you smart.

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        Smart people tend to ask irreverent questions and poke fun at established beliefs. Sometimes, they even think offending people is funny.

        4. It’ll make you creative.

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          Which is a heck of a lot more fun than being reactive.

          5. It’ll help the human species evolve.

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            What on EARTH was that lungfish thinking?

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            6. It’s not that hard.

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              You don’t have to overthrow the whole world at once; you can stage microrevolts and still be a conqueror.

              7. It’ll prove to you just how tough and resourceful you really are.

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                And you’re the most important one to please, right?

                8. It’ll put you in control of your life.

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                  Are you really gonna wait around for life to cooperate first? Good luck!

                  9. It’ll prepare you for the unexpected.

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                    If you regularly train your mental muscles, it’ll be easier for them to deal with those nasty ambushes.

                    10. It’ll wake you up and make you feel sharp and alive.

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                      Nothin’ like not knowing what the !#@% you’re doing to open the window to the stuffy closet of your mind!

                      Surprise! You’re on life’s Candid Camera—and if you smile, life might very well smile back at you!

                      Featured photo credit: Red, White, and Blue via flickr.com

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                      How to Increase Brain Power: 10 Simple Ways to Train Your Brain

                      How to Increase Brain Power: 10 Simple Ways to Train Your Brain

                      How often do you think about your brain? Do you ever stop to marvel at its incredible power and supreme cleverness? Or at least check in and give it a little spring clean and a recharge it from time to time?

                      If you’re like the majority, then your answer will likely be “no”.

                      Astoundingly, we only use around 10% of our brains yet we seldom think to invest in a little training every now and then.

                      For a long time, scientists believed that we were stuck with the brain we were born with! Luckily for us, that hypothesis has gone out the window!

                      Enter neuroplasticity – a new theory that has proven one very incredible fact: Our brains can change.

                      This means, if you’re not very intelligent in one area – that’s OK! You have the option to literally ‘change that area of your brain’ through some little trainings.

                      Your brain is a muscle. You need to exercise it regularly.

                      The exciting thing is that you don’t have to be a millionaire to increase your brain capacity. All you need to do is invest some time to regularly train your brain.

                      So how to increase brain power?

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                      Here are 10 simple ways to increase your brain power and improve your intelligence!

                      1. Do something new

                      When you experience something ‘new’, that actually ‘stimulate’ your brain!

                      Don’t get stuck in a rut doing the same old things – the only way to change the structure of your brain is to do something new. This creates new neural pathways, increasing your intelligence level.

                      You could take a new route to work, try a new recipe for dinner, or even a new form of exercise – mix them up!

                      2. Ditch the GPS

                      Gone are the days of map reading! Sat Nav may have made our lives easier, it has also made our brains lazier and less efficient at the same time!

                      Go back to the old school and use a map to navigate every now and then. This exercises the part of your brain responsible for understanding spatial relationships.

                      3. Ban the calculator

                      Remember back at school when we were taught to use our brains to do simple sums like times tables? It’s incredible how we now rely on devices like smart-phones and laptops to calculate really simple equations.

                      Resist the urge to work things out using an external device and use the device you were born with – your brain!

                      4. Be curious

                      Instead of taking everything at face value, get into the habit of questioning everyday things/products, services that you come into contact with.

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                      By being ‘curious’ and questioning everything, you force your brain to innovate and create new ideas.

                      Curiosity may have killed that cat but it created super important things like electricity and computers!

                      5. Think positive

                      Stress and anxiety kill existing brain neurons and also stop new neurons from being created.

                      Research has shown that positive thinking, especially in the future tense, speeds up the creation of cells and dramatically reduces stress and anxiety.

                      Try and get a handle on negative thoughts and make an effort to replace them with positive ones.

                      Not sure how to do it? Take a look at this article:

                      How to Turn Off Negative Thoughts in Your Mind

                      6. Exercise regularly

                      It’s been proven that regular exercise helps to increase brain function and enhances neurogenesis. This means that every time you exercise, you are creating new brain cells!

                      Here’re 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise, get off the couch and get moving!

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                      Your brain will thank you for it.

                      7. Train your memory

                      How often do you hear people say “I wish I had a better memory!’ Yet no-one does anything about this!

                      If you discipline yourself to memorize phone numbers and other important numbers (passport, credit card, insurance, driving license) you will start to see a marked improvement in your memory.

                      8. Eat healthy

                      Our diets have a HUGE impact on brain function. Our brains consume over 20% of all nutrients & oxygen that we consumed – so remember to feed your brain with the good stuff! (i.e. fresh fruit and veg & plenty of OMEGA 3 oils found in oily fish)

                      Here’re more healthy foods that will boost your brain power:

                      10 Healthy Foods That Make You Smarter

                      9. Read a book

                      Reading relieves tension and stress, which is brain-cell killers because it’s a form of escapism.

                      Research has also shown that using your imagination is a great way to train your brain because you force your mind to ‘picture’ what you are imagining. Reading is a great way to trigger your imagination!

                      Reading every day helps your thinking and imagination, learn more about it here:

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                      10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day

                      10. Get enough sleep

                      Sleep is like a mini detox for the brain. This is when your body regenerates cells and removes all the toxins that have built up during the day.

                      Get to bed between the hours of 9pm and midnight to benefit from the most effective hours of sleep!

                      If you have difficulty sleeping, you should read this guide:

                      The Ultimate Night Routine Guide: Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                      An intelligent brain comes from hard work

                      If you do take my suggestion and do these things consistently, you’ll soon realize your brain is sharper and you can remember more stuff.

                      You don’t need to do everything all at once, pick one to two and start making them your daily habit.

                      Intelligence comes from hard work. Make effort to train your brain and you’ll become smarter.

                      Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

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