The best way to grow as a person is to do things outside of your comfort zone.
Now, this may seem easy for one to say, but not so easy to action. Unless you make it a habit. Make a habit of going outside your comfort zone. My girlfriend and I go on frequent date nights--at least once a week, if possible. When we go to a restaurant, I look for something I haven't had before. One of our favorite restaurants in a nearby town I have had most items on the menu. We have also gone to a variety of concerts, from heavy metal to country western. Now, honestly, country isn't my thing, but I do love music in general. And those country artists I have seen have certainly put on a great show.
Last week, we went to see the 80's heavy metal band Skid Row
. They have a new lead singer, Erik Gronwall,
who was absolutely amazing! I vividly recall the first time I listened to Skid Row with their former singer Sebastian Bach
. I didn't think the new guy would hold up to Bach. Boy, was I wrong!
Even my current work-in-progress is outside of my comfort zone. It is a middle grade novel and there are times I want to add something but given the potential audience I write it a little differently. I'm not writing down to the audience--that's a huge no-no in my book, no pun intended.
I am also on the church council of the church I attend. This is my second year and this year I am on a committee that is allowing me to stretch as a Christian. At work, I am intentionally doing things that are outside of my comfort zone to stretch my mental muscles.
Find areas that give you pause and go forth with gusto! If you've never gone grocery shopping, do it. If you've never flown on an airplane, do it. If you've always wanted to write a book, what's stopping you? In the words of Nike . . . just do it!