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Broaden Your Horizons: 10 Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Is life worth living if you don’t broaden your horizons? Take some risks. Try new things. Stop holding yourself back. Don’t become complacent.

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If you want to be happy, then sometimes you have to broaden your horizons by doing things that you wouldn’t typically do. Most people won’t feel fulfilled with their lives if they stay stagnant.

Try to open your mind. Stop thinking that there is such a thing as black and white with no grey in between. In this world, there are all different shades of color.

There is so much life has to offer, and if you don’t broaden your horizons, you’ll miss out. [Read: How to overcome FOMO]

Why you should broaden your horizons

Broadening your horizons is a metaphor. You are pushing back at the furthest thing you see. You want to see more. There should be no limit to what you expose yourself to. Get all the experiences you can.

Why? Well, boredom, for one. If you do the same thing day after day, you aren’t learning anything new or challenging yourself. To grow as a person, strengthen your relationships, and really enjoy your life, you need to take risks.

Maybe that risk Iis taking skydiving lessons or it is going away for the weekend. This will be different for everyone, but never stepping outside your routine will lock you into a rut of complacency.

You won’t question anything. You will accept how things are and just be okay. But, don’t you want to be better than okay? You want to be great. Broaden your horizons and see all your potential. [Read: 12 ways to step out of your comfort zone]

How to broaden your horizons

It is as simple as thinking about how you normally do things and doing the opposite.

There are times in our lives when we can get stuck in a rut or feel like we have hit a brick wall. The truth is that the only thing that can ever limit someone is themselves. There are always options; you just have to open your eyes to see them.

Here are some ways to broaden your horizons.

1. Stop self-limiting

Many times we keep ourselves stuck by believing in false barriers. Whether you believe something from experience or because someone told you the “truth,” self-limiting notions can keep you from living life to the fullest and trying things that you normally wouldn’t.

Self-limiting beliefs are those things that we don’t ever challenge; we just accept them as truth… whether they are or aren’t.

For example, if you believe that you can’t possibly climb a mountain, then guess what? You probably will never climb a mountain. You have limited what you can do with the belief that you can’t.

If you want to broaden your horizons, you have to stop limiting yourself to those things that you have ingrained in your head from society or yourself and believe that you can. It really is that easy. [Read: How to take the next step to success]

2. Push yourself

If you want to broaden your horizons, it isn’t always easy. We do things in a certain way because they are predictable, we know the outcome, so they aren’t scary, and they are easier than going the road less traveled.

If you want to broaden your horizons, you have to put in the extra effort, push yourself to work harder, and be willing to put the time in and go the extra mile. Try not to focus on the possibility of failure but the likelihood of success. The rewards are so much better than just a pat on the back for the same job well done. [Read: 12 steps to change your life and find your happiness]

3. Go outside of your comfort zone

The reason we don’t do things in life is that they aren’t “comfortable.” That means they make you feel uneasy, or they aren’t within your control. If you want to broaden your horizons, you will have to be okay with not feeling safe, knowing how the ending goes, and instead just throwing caution to the wind.

Those are all things that are adverse to what human beings are programmed for. Because we were made to survive, going outside of what we find comfortable makes us, well, uncomfortable.

That doesn’t mean putting yourself in harm’s way or not being safe, but it does mean putting yourself into positions that feel weird or awkward and persevering. Again, it doesn’t mean doing what others want you to do, but what you want to do.

You would be surprised at how quickly the human being can adapt to make uncomfortable things feel comfortable. That is what broadening your horizons is all about. [Read: Stop sticking with what’s familiar]

4. Shut your mouth and listen

Most of the time, we are so busy telling everyone how things are that we never stop to listen. If you want to broaden your horizons, it is okay to challenge what someone is saying, but it won’t work if you aren’t willing to listen and challenge your own beliefs.

If you are too busy always trying to convince other people that you are right, you never stop to consider the fact that you might not be. To broaden your horizons, sometimes you just have to shut your mouth and let someone else do the talking. You can ask questions later, but shouting them down or refusing to hear their side keeps you stuck. [Read: 25 memorable life lessons to perfect your life]

5. Ask yourself why?

Stop just accepting things and ask yourself why you believe certain things or follow certain people.

If you believe in a religion or political group, or even a cause, to broaden your horizons, you might have to step back and ask yourself why you believe what you do, and if it is a fact or just something that you have accepted as such without having any merit behind it.

The moment you stop asking yourself why and challenging your belief system is the moment that you stop growing as a human being. Having blind faith is not a strength. It is naive. To constantly broaden your horizons, you have to stop yourself when you have something you take as fact and question whether it is or not. [Read: 19 life quotes to motivate you to live a better life]

6. Do the opposite

If you want to broaden your horizons, it might be as simple as doing the exact opposite of what you would normally do or think. When you see an exchange between two people, take the devil’s advocate position and go with it.

If you would normally go right, go left. You would be surprised at all the life experiences you can have and how much you are missing if you just do the opposite of what comes naturally. For just once, be the “anti-you,” and you will open yourself up to another whole world. [Read: Do opposites really attract?]

7. Try walking in someone else’s shoes

As a white privileged girl, I have no idea what it feels like to be African-American, a man, or even someone who lives paycheck to paycheck… truly. If you want to broaden your horizons, it takes the ability to look around, like really look around, and see what you have and what others don’t.

Often, we are so concerned with convincing people that we earn what we have or deserve it that we don’t stop to see that others are just as deserving. And this limits the life we live and the way that we conduct ourselves.

If you want to broaden your horizons, it is all about living a day in someone else’s shoes, which is more difficult than you think. Take your blinders off, go for a ride on the bad side of town or volunteer at a hospital. You would be surprised at how privileged you actually are when you see those who aren’t.

Having a closed mind doesn’t allow you to experience all the miracles and wonderful things around you. Only seeing things in black and white takes all the color out of the world. If you want to broaden your horizons, it will take some stepping out of your comfort zone, shutting your mouth, and empathy on your part. [Read: 7 reasons why empathy is so important]

8. Take a deep breath

Sometimes broadening your horizons just takes a simple breath. Stop for a moment and don’t think. Overthinking is what holds us back. Just breathe out all the hesitancies and doubts. Inhale confidence and possibilities.

9. Ask yourself if you’re happy

Broadening your horizons is an important part of growing throughout life. But it doesn’t have to be s glamorous or adventurous. If you are happy trying a new restaurant, that is great. If you love flying to an unknown location last minute, that’s awesome.

Ask yourself what would make you happy if you are happy in your current life. Great. But, could you be happier? Are you blissfully unaware of how unhappy you are? If so, change things. [Read: How to be happier]

10. Say yes

Say yes more often. It is easy to say no. It is easy to stay home and watch TV. Go out with friends. You never know who you might meet. Your future boss? Your soul mate? Or you could just pass by someone that makes you smile.

Stop saying no, and broaden your horizons by saying yes. It worked, in Yes Man, right?

[Read: How to love yourself – 15 ways to discover self-love and happiness]

The rewards of broadening your horizons are like taking a breath of fresh air. It allows you to see all the things you have and be grateful for them. Stop limiting your mind and set it free to imagine the unimaginable and live life to its fullest.

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