We’ve talked about the importance of looking for opportunities, ways to take risks and to challenge yourself. Doing these things helps you to grow as a person. It increases your confidence and allows you to gain new skills. You’ll encounter people and experiences you otherwise wouldn’t be staying in place — not changing. There are so many reasons it’s beneficial to look for opportunities to learn more and to challenge yourself.
I want to offer you some practical suggestions for ways you can start to find those opportunities in today’s post. Start with these and then develop some of your ideas for creating opportunities that will bring you closer to reaching your goals.
Do Something That Scares You
Why not take a giant leap and do one thing that scares you? This exercise is even more effective if you can do it repeatedly until it starts to feel less scary. Think of something that feels intimidating to you. It can be in your personal or professional life. Then give it a shot and see what happens. Make cold calls for work. Share your expertise with a group. It doesn’t matter.
Take a Class
Lifelong learning is critical when it comes to self-growth and becoming the best version of yourself. Using your mind in new ways will make all kinds of unfamiliar experiences start to feel more attainable. You could discover your new favorite hobby or even transition a new skill into a career builder or business idea.
Stretch Yourself Physically
Get active in a new way. Exercise is especially crucial if you’re currently sedentary in your life. When you try out a new activity or start working out for the first time, you’ll discover what your body is capable of. Not to mention, you’ll also gain the energy to tackle all the things on your to-do list.
Expose Yourself to Those Who Are Different
Traveling is a great way to learn about different cultures or perspectives. Understanding how the world works is key to becoming an emotionally intelligent person who can get along well with others. If travel isn’t something you can do right now, that’s okay. There are lots of ways to meet people of various backgrounds. During this pandemic, traveling is not only challenging but not advisable, but online communities can do the trick, too. Just get out there and meet people outside your usual social circles.
No matter what you do, be sure never to stop challenging yourself. Getting comfortable leads to complacency and stagnation. You can’t live your best life if you remain stuck where you are.