Here’s Why You Need To Do One Thing That Scares You Every Day

When was the last time you did something for the first time? Well, if it’s been too long since you last ventured beyond your comfort zone, then it’s time to step outside! Unfortunately, sometimes we limit ourselves to whatever we’re comfortable with – and as a result, set boundaries based on things that feel familiar or safe. While staying in our comfort zone keeps us calm and worry-free, the problem is that we sometimes indirectly affect our growth and progress. Hence, we aren’t able to truly evolve into everything we wish to be.

Yes, we know that your comfort zone is a cozy place, and that you’re more than happy to stay there. But here’s the thing: if you never try everything else that’s out there (including the things that seem daunting), you’ll never truly know what you’re missing. What’s more, when you challenge yourself and gain new experiences, you’ll notice that you can ultimately grow as person – while spicing up your life in the process.

Ready to broaden your horizons? Today, Evolve Daily reveals Why You Need To Do One Thing That Scares You Every Day:

1) Because it’s time to punch fear in the face

ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki works on his striking at the Evolve Fighters Program.

ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki works on his striking at the Evolve Fighters Program.

When you choose to not do something, it’s usually due to fear – whether you’re afraid of what others think of you or the activity you’re about to try out. Fortunately, being afraid of something doesn’t mean you have to avoid it forever. In fact, you can overcome your fear by simply deciding to try that new thing instead of letting fear cripple you. Of course, you also have to stick to your decision and just do it! The more you expose yourself to your fears, the less scary they will seem over time.

 

2) Because trying new things boosts your creativity

BJJ enables a small person to overcome bigger, stronger opponents.

BJJ enables a small person to overcome bigger, stronger opponents.

When you don’t expose yourself to new things and seek out new experiences, there’s no doubt that you wouldn’t be able to see things from a different perspective and be open to exploring foreign concepts. Besides that, you’re more likely to step out of your comfort zone again if you do it at least once.

According to research, students who studied abroad for a semester scored higher on two different tests of creativity than those who didn’t go overseas. Well, if you constantly explore new territories and try new things, you’ll definitely have more experience to tap into when it comes to generating creative ideas.

 

3) Because when you challenge yourself, you grow

Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Nonthachai Sit O teaches at Evolve MMA.

Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Nonthachai Sit O teaches at Evolve MMA.

If you constantly stick to routine and habit, how are you going to ever reach new heights? The next time a challenge shows up, accept it and take that chance to venture beyond your comfort zone. When that happens, you’ll see what you’re really made of – and might even pleasantly surprise yourself.

It has been found that a little anxiety can actually bring out the best in you. Basically, when you challenge yourself, there’s actually a good chance you’ll be able to rise to the occasion. After all, you never know what you’re really capable of accomplishing if you don’t ever get to touch all your untapped resources and knowledge.

 

4) Because it teaches you to be more adaptable

You can burn up to 1,000 calories in a 60 minute Muay Thai class.

You can burn up to 1,000 calories in a 60 minute Muay Thai class.

Sometimes, stepping out of your comfort zone means taking risks – and sometimes making mistakes along the way. But that’s okay, because you’ll learn to think on your feet, as well as outside the box. Once you’re able to do so, you can then adapt to various situations and ultimately learn to deal with change.

As for making mistakes, it’s all really a matter of perspective. Instead of seeing it as failure, you should view it as an opportunity to learn something, so that you’d ultimately grow! Don’t ever settle with “just being okay” because you’re capable of achieving so much more – all you have to do is take that first step outside your comfort zone.

 

5) Because there’s a whole world out there waiting for you

Martial arts is a great way to keep your kids active.

Martial arts is a great way to keep your kids active.

You might not realize it yet, but there’s so much out there, in the place that exists outside your feelings, thoughts, doubts and beliefs. And the whole point of life is to live in every moment and make it all count – even the not-so-comfortable ones. At the end of the day, your life is the sum of everything you go through, so why not experience everything there is out there?

 

Remember, when you do something that scares you, you’re actually increasing your knowledge and life skills (as well as the size of your comfort zone!) So tell us, what is that one thing you’re going to do today?

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