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What is something I can do at home to get me out my comfort zone and bad habits?

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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Bryan,

I would recommend trying something that you never would have considered before. At home, maybe you could try to cook something that you have never made before. That may get you out of your comfort zone. Another way is to have someone in your life teach you something that they are good at that you know nothing about. You could do anything from drawing to dancing to driving a manual car. If you wanted to do something on your own, try learning a new language. There are plenty of apps to help you with that. The challenge with learning a new language is that is always easier if you have someone to practice speaking with. I had studied Japanese and had worked with a Japanese speaking co-worker. When I lost that job, I lost my practice partner.

Gloria
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Nathan’s Answer

Come up with an attainable goal and create some quantifiable steps that you can put into place to reach that goal. Write those steps down and put it up somewhere prominent in your home. I recommend finding time each day to exercise. Exercising will give you more energy and motivation and also help create a GOOD habit that can replace one of your bad habits. It doesn't have to be anything extensive if you're just getting started. Start small and work your way up. Maybe commit to walking for 10 minutes every weekday for a week. Find someone that can help hold you accountable. Build some momentum and eventually add time to your NEW habit.

Nathan recommends the following next steps:

Set an attainable goal. Start small!
Create a list of 3 things that you can do to help reach that goal and post that list somewhere that you'll see it regularly.
Find someone who can help hold you accountable.
Begin today!
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Christine’s Answer

Such wonderful questions! Let me take them one at a time.
::: What is something I can do at home to get me out my comfort zone? :::
A really important question and I first want to say that we only grow when we're in our discomfort zone. So even the fact that you're asking this question means you're on the right track. Here's some of my favorite inspirational quotes on comfort zone:
"The quality of your life is in direct proportion of the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with." Tony Robbins
"Out past the barrier of your comfort zone lies everything your Heart desires - get out there!" - Jackson Kiddard
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." -Neale Donald Walsch

Here's a few ideas of what you can do to move you into your discomfort zone:
-- Do something every day that scares you
-- Ask for feedback (really candid feedback) about yourself from your friends, family and teachers. Listen and thank them for their feedback.
Ask them vulnerable questions such as "How can I be a better friend?" "What would you like to see me do differently?" Getting difficult feedback puts us in our discomfort zone and BONUS, you get to learn more about yourself and how to grow!
-- Draw on a piece of paper or eat a meal with your non-dominate hand
-- Say "Yes" to opportunities or invitations that you would normally say "No" to

::: What is something I can do at home to [eliminate my] bad habits? :::
The book "Atomic Habits" by James Clear is what I would consider the best reference for how to build great habits and break bad ones. He offers really wonderful, simple, yet powerful advice such as how important it is to focus on just getting 1% better every day. Small incremental positive changes will make a huge difference in the long run. He mentions that most of your bad habits are caused by two things…stress and boredom. How can you create the environment around you which helps you to succeed? For example, if you're trying to lose weight, you wouldn't want to have the cookies out on the counter every day but rather apples.

One of the most important ideas about habit-forming is that it's important to focus on your identity around that habit. Meaning, do you see yourself as a procrastinator or as a committed, hard-working student? Visualize yourself succeeding!

Christine recommends the following next steps:

Check out https://jamesclear.com/habits
To specifically checkout how to break bad habits, check out this article: https://jamesclear.com/how-to-break-a-bad-habit
Read article at https://positivepsychology.com/comfort-zone/
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Rebecca’s Answer

This is 2 different questions : one is to step out from your comfort, another one is how to get rid of you bad habits.
Firstly, to step out of your comfort, you may need to setup a goal what do you want to achieve first. You may need analyze what you need to do to achieve the goal and put down some small milestones. So, you can step out from your comfort zone in tiny steps. In case your cannot achieve the small milestones, try again. Don't make it too hash to yourself and see failure as a teacher. Try again!
To get rid of your habits, there is a thought saying that yo ucan develop a habit in 21 days. The same applies to get rid of bad habit. You try not to do it in 21 days. You may be able to get away from it.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Alex’s Answer

Hi Bryan!
Whenever you would like to change something in your life, specially a habit (good or bad ones), take it slow, take small steps and set achievable goals. A common mistake a lot of people do is to set themselves big goals which are very tough to achieve when you start from scratch. I'll give you an example: saying something like "this year I'll make more exercise" is a tough goal because the result is very far away in time and you have no clear way to show yourself what "more exercise" really means. Instead, try something like "I'll make 30 mins of exercise each Tuesday and Thursday". That way, after each week or day, you can look back and see how you did. And you can only go up and keep improving.

I think this same mindset can be applied to any new habit or thing you would like to learn, obviously not just exercise! I hope this helps you and I wish you are able to make the change you want in your like. Best of luck!

Alex
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Michael’s Answer

This is a great question! My perspective and advice may be a little different than previous responses - to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, I would recommend setting short, mid term and long term goals. You also have to identify what makes you uncomfortable. To me, when I started in business, I wanted to push myself in public speaking - to do that, I participated in Toastmasters which demanded public speaking. Once you identify what you are looking to "push", I think you should set an aspirational goal - often times I believe people set goals that are "safe", and once you achieve them you think you have "made it". I say push it farther and set lofty goals - and when you achieve those, you can look back and see what you've accomplished.

Good luck!
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Cecilia’s Answer

To step out of your comfort zone I recommend taking up clases or courses of topics that are completely new to you. It can be a new language or something you are interested in and would like to know more about like film, history, etc. or learning a new skill like painting. I have found a couple course offerings in social media and I have really enjoyed meetings new people and learning new things.
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