Be Strong and Courageous

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Courage: The Road Less Taken

Our automatic response is often, “no, I don’t want to, why should I do that” whenever we’re presented with a new situation, idea or encounter. Why do we shy away from being strong and courageous? This is because we’re comfortable in our bubble; the space where no one can bother us and where we feel in total control. Whenever new ideas pop up, they threaten our bubble by risking inducing uncomfortable feelings, emotions and a general discomfort; we often don’t want to put effort into a situation or person that is not already in our existing bubble.

We all do what I mentioned above, but the question is how do we prevent that? It’s simple on paper but harder in reality: you say no to your bubble and take the opportunity to step out of it. You just have to do it by just saying yes when the opportunity arises. You will feel discomfort and annoyance but the key is to say yes without putting much thought into it. The more you dwell on whether you should do something or not, the higher your chances that your mind will convince you not to do it; your mind loves the bubble.

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Strong and Courageous: Conclusion

So in other words, sometimes you have to pop the bubble and break yourself free. Relying on others can be hit or miss, but relying on yourself is success if you’re willing to try it. But courage is required from you. Courage is the road less taken because people don’t enjoy taking chances and risks in life. The most successful people are those who take risks. Risks provide you with opportunities you didn’t even know existed; they reward you for being a brave human being who is willing to explore a brave new world. In the end, try being strong and courageous; you’ll feel better doing it.

What is your experience with courage and stepping outside of your comfort zone?

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

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Taking The Next Step

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The Courage To Try Something New

Part of maintaining excellent mental health has to do with developing courage to step out of your boundaries and try new things in life. It’s not easy to step out of your comfort zone when you’re so used to your routines, but sometimes your comfort zone is what is contributing to your poor mental health and you don’t even know it. It’s wise to reevaluate your life from time to time to see if you are doing everything you can to better yourself.

Many people continuously suffer from poor mental health by performing the same routine year after year. Some of these people are alcoholics, drug addicts or unemployed; they either prefer to stay in their current position or have lost the strength and courage to try something new. That’s never the place that you want to reach in life but sometimes life will bring you there if you don’t act quickly enough.

What I mean is that time flies; one minute you’re in your current situation and the next your still in the same exact position ten years later. When you don’t take control of your life, then life ends up taking control of you. When this happens, everything becomes unpredictable; even your mental health!

Stepping out of your comfort zone may feel uncomfortable at first, but once you actually do it and get over the initial hump, it often feels rewarding. As with anything in life, the more that you do it, the easier it becomes. The same applies with your mental health: you have to continuously keep it in check to make sure that you are doing everything you can to be happy. If you slack on your mental health, then it will slack on you.

So don’t be afraid to take the next step in life, even if you are scared and insecure about the process. Courage is something that you need to consistently work at if you want to be able to climb taller mountains and sail bigger seas. Without courage, it becomes quite difficult to experience bigger and better opportunities in life. Courage is what can also get you out of your current mental slump and into a more prosperous state of mind, but it takes a lot of will, desire and patience.

You can do it!

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone

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Exploring Your Surroundings

The daily hurdles of life can entangle us in a thick bubble, making it more difficult to break free. This bubble is our daily surroundings: work, home, the local neighborhood . . . repeat. And the more we live in this bubble, the faster time appears to fly by us, leaving us wondering, “where’d my life go?”

No matter how stressful your life may be, you have to learn to step out of your comfort zone and explore your surroundings. Perhaps take a trip to another city when you get some time off from work: explore other cultures and ways of life. Do not surrender to the idea of a staycation because it’s easier and more convenient.

The more you explore new areas outside of your comfort zone, the more diverse and knowledgeable you will become. It will also help you reset your mindset and return back to work refreshed; it feels good to alter your state of consciousness by experiencing new places and things.

But if you continuously stay in the bubble which you are used to staying in, life will start to become repetitively dull. You will no longer feel stimulated by the constant environment which is providing you with little to no change. As humans, we need change from time to time to feel alive.

But some people are afraid to step out of their comfort zone. For instance, many locals of a given area refuse to ever leave their neighborhood which they grew up in. The more you stay in one location, the more anxious you start to feel regarding the idea of leaving. The anxiety revolves around the thought of starting life from scratch in a new but unknown location.

In reality, for most people, the anxiety only lasts a few weeks at most after moving to a new location. The human mind adapts very quickly to new places and things; it’s called survival. It’s in our genes to adapt and survive; otherwise, humans wouldn’t be the most intelligent creatures roaming the earth.

Therefore, put fear aside and step out into the world! Go see new places and things and meet new people who look different from you and hold different beliefs. This is how you will grow and gain more experience in life. This is how you will expand your consciousness and feel more alive.

This is how you will see what lies beyond your bubble.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

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