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Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a routine? As humans, we are creatures of habit. We wake up at the same time everyday, work the same 8-5 hours, and then go home and do the same thing. When living your life by the same timeline day in and day out, it’s prohibiting you from taking on new challenges to better yourself. Stepping out of your comfort zone may be nerve-wrecking but it will only make you stronger and allow you to reach a higher confidence of yourself. Here are some helpful tips to help you accomplish that.

Start Small

If you want to change up your daily routine, you don’t have to start completely from scratch. Change one or two things in your routine and you’ll begin to see the difference. These small changes can be driving a new route to work, finally going to that yoga class you’ve been looking into for the past few weeks, or taking yourself out to dinner once a week. These small discomforts will help you become comfortable with trying something new more often.

Be Consistent

When I say be consistent, I don’t mean create a new routine and stick to that one they way you did the last. What I mean is be consistent with making new changes to your life. Find ways to switch things up and switch it up often! By doing this, you’re training yourself to be more comfortable with saying yes to new challenges instead of avoiding them out of fear.

Overcome Fear and Look for Challenges

The best way to overcome a fear is by re-framing the scary feeling into something that more closely resembles excitement. This will allow you to view your fear in a more positive light rather than negative. Once you’re able to do this, you’ll see challenges as something to aspire to take on, rather than shy away from.

Create Your Own Reason Why

When you’re ready to make this change, be sure to have a solid reasoning why you’re stepping out of your comfort zone. It can be anything that motivates you. Having this mission statement will help you on days you feel like quitting. If you’re having difficulty convincing yourself to take the leap, look at what the said activity will bring to your life. Will it make you more creative? What about brave? These small incentives can help you get past the hump.