In January, most people are focused on developing and achieving their resolutions. It’s a time of reflection. It’s also an opportunity for so many people to reflect on what they want out of life. In many cases, people get stuck in a rut. This can be for a myriad of reasons. Whether it’s an illness, job loss or a major disappointment, it’s not uncommon for discouragement to set in. This is why it’s so important to shake things up. Get out of your comfort zone because it will boost your confidence. It’ll encourage you to believe in what you can do. Plus, it’ll remind you of the power that’s within. You can get out of your comfort zone by trying new things that you typically wouldn’t do. Consider the following three ideas.
1. Train for a marathon.
Not only will this idea get you into shape, but it will increase your capacity to endure for a long period of time. You can’t cram for a marathon. This is something you’ll have to work on for months in advance. Allow yourself to completely lean into the process by drinking lots of water, caring for your body and eating the right nutrients.
2. Take care of an animal.
If you’re used to taking care of yourself and your immediate family, you might even consider the idea of caring for an animal. However, get outside of your comfort zone by caring for an unusual option. Instead of getting a cat or a dog, consider getting a horse. Get a horse that you can also learn how to ride. Yes, it will come with its fair share of expenses like horse insurance and more. However, it’ll be an enriching experience that you can enjoy.
3. Travel to a new country.
If you don’t already own a passport, now is the time to get your paperwork filled out. Choose a place on the map and create a plan to get there before the year is out. Set aside money in a savings account. Learn more about the culture of that country. If they speak another language, consider learning the language. This is a great way to build anticipation, excitement and expectation that will stretch your capacity to trust yourself and your instincts. Plus, getting out of the country will expand your mindset and worldview.