As we get older its easy and common to become comfortable and content in our daily lives. We have our jobs, our house, car, maybe kids and a spouse, etc. Most people are in a cycle of wake up, work, hang out with the family, watch TV, eat, sleep, repeat. It’s the easy and stable comfort zone that minimizes stress and anxiety.
Yet, comfort zones lead to boredom, mental decay, losing zest for life, aging and frustration. Recent findings show that we only perform maximum performance when in a state of relative anxiety, which is slightly outside the comfort zones. This “optimal anxiety” is the peak point where we learn, challenge ourselves, and prosper.
I have been through this for a few years, and believe me….I have grown very bored to where my life resembles a hamster on a wheel, or better yet – the man in the movie Groundhog’s Day. NOT FUN! This can lead to things like addiction and/or depression, or positive things like new hobbies, or better yet – FINDING YOUR PURPOSE!
Luckily, I have found my life purpose (and still continue to find new ones) a few years ago and am slowly taking the steps to manifest it and escape the hamster wheel. Ya know how I found it? CURIOSITY. Yes, it did kill the cat. But we are not cats; so it is safe to be curious.
Being curious can help you find what it takes to leave your comfort zone and live a more exciting and meaningful life.
After browsing the halls of the library for a book that looked interesting, I stumbled upon a book with an odd title, checked it out and it forever changed my life and I discovered one of my biggest life passions.
While this isnt as easy for just anyone to find their passion, my point is that staying curious in life will keep your brain and mind sharp, carve out new neural pathways, trigger new synapses, which all lead to fireworks in your brain. You will discover things that really excite you and make you want to wake up in the morning, even if you have a day full of dreaded meetings on a topic that makes you want to jump off a cliff.
Awesome ways to stay curious are….
- Keep an open mind to people, situations, ideas, etc.
- Travel to new territories. Leave the country if you can. Leave behind the travel guides and let fate dictate your journey. If time is limited, take a 2 hour road trip and get away for a few days.
- Reminisce on what really sparked you when you were 10 years old and bring back the top 5 things into your life that really lit your fire (this shouldn’t include barbies and toy trucks). 10 is a great age to use because its when your interests were mostly guided by your own intuition, when you are most curious, free, and naive to the objectives of adult life.
- Read books on topics you’d like to learn more about.
- Have a water fight with your friends.
- Exercise, even its 10 minutes a day. Keep the oxygen and blood circulating to keep your mind and body sharp.
- Take a new route to work
- Learn a new language
- Volunteer for a non-profit or organization you admire
- Write everyday. Maybe start a blog on your daily life or on a topic that interests you. You never know where the doors will take you. BELIEVE ME!
- Start a small side business offering a service or product that you are awesome at creating. Do you have a talent, knowledge for, or service people are constantly coming to you for advice for? If so, its time to start a business. In T. Harv Eker’s best selling book, “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind,” he embraces this concept, as it turned him into a millionaire.
- Join a kickball, running, or bowling team.
- Play more boardgames.
- Try taking yoga classes. These clears out all the “clutter,” and frees your mind to allow creativity to flow through.
- List 10 things you are grateful for immediately after you wake up.
Stay curious. Stay positive. And please don’t settle your whole life in the comfort zone. Baby steps or leaps of faith promote the change everyone needs in their lives to avoid the hamster wheel. DO IT!