Dare Day

Trust me, 1 June is the day to step out of your comfort zone. Why, well 1 June is not only National Dare Day, but also Flip a Coin day. So it’s the perfect opportunity to break out and do something different. If you have a decision to make, perhaps flip a coin and let fate or chance take the wheel.

So for those of you who want to break out of your comfort zone and don’t know how, here are some ideas. Firstly, break your routine – make changes to how you do things. Perhaps walk to work, have a proper lunch break and try a new place to buy your meal. Anything that gives you the opportunities to experience something new.

Perhaps you could move tasks to different people. If you can, delegate a task to someone. Or, rather than dressing your small child in the morning ask them to do it themselves. You might be surprised how well someone else can do it. Start small, but the more you can delegate the more time you will have for other (more interesting) tasks.

Learn something new. Ever said to yourself, ‘I wish I could do that’. Well, learn. Be it, a new language, skill or hobby. It might help you at work, save you some money or just be something interesting and challenging.

Why not give something back or pay something forward?  Volunteer for a local cause or charity. Every non-profit organisation wishes it had more volunteers. Don’t worry about what skill they may need, sometime just having someone to man a stall or deliver leaflets is tremendously helpful. If this is too much, then just try to do a nice thing for someone every day.

I have written before about how physical exercise can have a major impact of mental health. So consider making physical changes, like taking more exercise or start a diet. You may find you have more energy and your mind it clearer and sharper. 

Is there something holding you back? Is there something you dislike or are fearful of that would be useful to be able to do? Be it fear of public speaking, flying or not being able to cook or not knowing anything about gardening and plants. If it’s causing a problem or regret, harness that and use it to overcome it.  

Socialising and meeting new people can be daunting but it’s a great way to learn new things and get new perspectives on any number of things. Be it on line or in real life, put yourself out there and meet new people and share your options, knowledge and experience.

It a truism in sport that you should also play with someone who is better than you. And this applies to many areas of your life. It doesn’t have to be a formal mentoring / coaching relationship but being around people you aspire to be provides guidance and inspiration.

Finally, how do you eat an elephant? One bit at a time. Dream big, be ambitious and don’t let the size of the task discourage you. As Lao Tzu famously (Ancient Chinese Philosopher) said, “Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step”.

If you need help breaking problematic routines or habits then hypnotherapy can help. Contact me to find out more.

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