One of the most common feelings that people have around the start of the year is a sense of vague uncertainty. Having an entire year stretched out in front of you can often be a pretty scary prospect. The mistake that a lot of people make is that they then decide to hide away and stay in their comfort zone. It’s kind of understandable that people do this since the idea of doing something new or different always comes with the risk of failure. However, the truth is that if you’re not doing things that scare you, then you’re not really living your fullest possible life. With that in mind, here are some scary but worthwhile things that you should do this year.
GO FOR THAT NEW JOB
Most people tend to have a whole bunch of career plans that they never actually plan to execute on. This is because the idea of trying to put yourself in the position of going for your dream job means that you have to face up to the chance that you’re going to fail. However, if you spend your life avoiding risks, then you’re never going to get anywhere. Whether it’s a career change or you’ve had your eye on a promotion at work for a while, you have very little to lose by going for it and everything to gain.
TAKE A TRIP ON YOUR OWN
Travelling is often pretty high on a lot of people’s bucket lists, and yet they find excuse after excuse to not actually do it. One of the most common reasons that people don’t travel as much as they would like is because they don’t want to do it without other people. The ridiculous thing is that this is also one of the easiest reasons to get around. There are plenty of holidays for singles out there that are specifically geared towards those traveling alone. The reality is that there is something wonderful about being able to get away from it all on your own. You don’t have to worry about gearing your trip towards anyone else and get to explore new places with a totally fresh perspective.
PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE
Social interaction of any kind can often be the scariest thing in the world for a lot of people. That being said it’s also something that can really improve your life. Even if you’re the most introverted person on earth, putting yourself out there to be closer to the friends that you have or to make new friends is a wonderful way to get more out of your life. Sure, alone time is great but human beings are social animals, and contact with other people is too important to miss out on because it makes you feel anxious.
The reality of fear is that it’s always at it’s worse before you actually do something. Standing in a cold shower might not be the most pleasant thing in the world, but it’s the act of actually getting under the water that’s the hard part. Once you’re under the water, actually staying in it is surprisingly easy. If you’re just willing to take the leap, then you’ll find that things are a lot less scary and difficult than you might have expected.
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