How to Get Out of the Comfort Zone
Getting out of your comfort zone is all about challenging yourself with something you haven’t done before. This is important because while your comfort zone may make you feel safe, it’s also a snug place with little room for growth. So, do yourself a favor and find some discomfort in your life! It is only through this discomfort, and genuine change, that we can grow and reach our true potential.
Here are several ways in which you can shift gears and potentially go beyond your current limits.
Learn Equanimity Through Vipassana Meditation
Vipassana is different from Zen and most of the other types of meditation taught today. While you may understand meditation as a way to sharpen focus and concentration as well as to achieve tranquility – also known as Samatha – Vipassana is all about composure. The goal of the Vipassana practitioner is to be able to observe reality without reaction – observation with neither desire nor aversion, or what Bhante Henepola Gunaratana calls, “a gradual process of ever-increasing awareness into the inner workings of reality itself.” In a nutshell, this concept is called equanimity.
While it may take years to achieve true equanimity, even a 10-day Vipassana meditation course can teach you the fundamentals of using your concentration to observe events, feelings, and sensations without any physical, emotional, or intellectual reaction. Apart from being considered by Theravada Buddhists as a path towards liberation and enlightenment, Vipassana is also useful for pain management and handling difficult times. It’s a great way to sharpen the mind and body and prepare yourself for further discomfort and eventual growth.
Develop Intuition Through Sports Betting
Contrary to popular belief about sports betting, Intuitive sports betting is not just just that random betting activity. It relies on intuition, which in this case can be developed by gathering the right information about a particular competitive sport and creating a deeper connection with it. Whether it’s horse racing, soccer, or basketball, find a sport that you’re genuinely interested in, and pick a team, player, or outcome on which to bet.
This can seem like a somewhat inaccessible activity, but identifying the many legitimate sports betting sites that operate in your state and cross-reference them with independent sites that review such services can reveal suitable options. In short, before taking the plunge, do your homework. While this may seem like an off-brand wellness-related activity, is is all part of the mindset of leaving the comfort zone and developing new useful knowledge and/or skills.
This is not only an effective way to learn intuition for sports betting, is also a really good exercise for challenging and sharpening intuition in general.
The numbers, you will quickly find, can only tell you so much about a potential outcome. At a certain point, most bettors have to make decisions based on their own feel for a contest. It may take some trial and error at first, but once you get the hang of it, your own informed intuition can pave the way for success. Just be sure to be responsible along the way.
Feel Lighter With Intermittent Fasting
In a nutshell, intermittent fasting is more of an eating pattern than a diet; it’s about controlling when you eat rather than what you eat. More specifically, it involves fasting for 16 to 24 hours at a time, or consuming a controlled number of calories for certain days of the week. And while that may seem hard at first, Healthline reminds us that humans actually evolved to survive without food for extended time periods.
Intermittent fasting can be done mainly through two different methods. The 16/8 method is when you fast for 16 hours and limit your eating period to just 8 hours daily, and the easiest way to do it is to fast through the night and start eating either late in the morning or early afternoon. The 24-hour fasting method or “eat-stop-eat” involves a 24-hour fast either once or twice a week. Either method allows your body to go into a state of ketogenesis, in which your body burns stored fats instead of glucose and other nutrients from what you just ate. While this may leave you feeling tired during fasting periods, you’ll soon get used to intermittent fasting and find that you’re actually lighter and more energetic for it – provided you do it with consistency.
While any or all of these methods may place you in uncomfortable positions, remember that discomfort breeds resilience and strength. Embrace the new changes, skills, and knowledge that you’ll inevitably gain by successfully leaving your comfort zone.