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20 Ways to Stretch Yourself

Written by Barrie Davenport - 34 Comments
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“Sound when stretched is music. Movement when stretched is dance. Mind when stretched is meditation. Life when stretched is
celebration.” ~Shri Shri Ravishankar Jee
How much do you want from life? Right now, stop for a moment and think about one word you would use to describe your life today. Got it? If you
knew you could open a door that would lead you to an even more fulfilling and extraordinary life, would you open it? What if there was some manageable
pain involved?
Well, here’s the good news and the bad news: that door does exist, but almost always, the pain does to.
All growth involves some level of discomfort. But the discomfort is short-lived. The growth is forever.
If you view life as a circle, most of us live inside that circle where everything is comfortable and familiar. Occasionally, we might be forced outside by
unexpected circumstances, and the brave among us might take a moment to look around at this new and scary landscape. But mostly, we scurry back to
the safety of our circle.
Here’s a truth you already know: really bold leaps in our personal growth and quality of life happen only when step outside of that circle


All forward movement is good. saving money. When it’s completed. family. and it can be achieved. It is human nature. Mentally resist when you start negative self-talk. you are restricting your life. We don’t like discomfort. Make your action list and then just do it. setting appointments. Choose one item from your stretch list. 2. profound experiences. Pick your top five. But you can do many things and still make your life profoundly better. beauty. doing research. By reading this article. self-development. It might be worse than what we have now. For now. I will. you are accountable. tell people. start with the next goal. then you are creating a self-fulfilling cycle of inertia. interesting people. Love every failure. 10. We are not handed a road map to explore new territory. . You will not be able to do everything. We don’t believe we are deserving. travel. Just start taking small actions. accomplish. . One action at a time. We may take wrong turns. And we have such a short time on this planet — somewhere around 30. Don’t sit around waiting for something to happen in your life. Don’t over-think it or question yourself. learning. but hold on to your list. Once you get past that embarrassment. The first www. ask them questions and advice. everyone.” 7. If they are living and you can connect with them. Find a mentor. Here are some practical ideas for doing just that: 1. We fear failure and looking bad in the eyes of others. Access what you want. when others are watching you. more exceptional. Something that won’t involve to much of a stretch. It will require more of us. If you avoid failure. Under each category. We set out on our adventure with a hazy view of the way forward. Be willing to reveal what you don’t know. Everest or make a million dollars (unless that’s what you want to do). and some might propel you into an entirely new world. The world has so much to offer — great adventures. Maybe it’s a trip you’ve wanted to take or a class you have been thinking about. Strive to detach from what other people think about you. Ignore other people. not an enemy. pretend that you do. Write down everything to accomplish your goal — from making calls. Learn how they accomplished and achieved. Now.000 days if we live to our mid-eighties. If you keep thinking you can’t do something. the learning is the easy part! 11. We have limiting beliefs about what we “should” do and can do.pickthebrain. When you begin a new goal or challenge. We fear success. Both are good. “I can. Living outside of your circle doesn’t mean you have to go climb Mt. The key is to take action. don’t look back on your life and say. 5. Study that person. 6. Fear and self-doubt will creep in. 4. We don’t want to offend other people. emotional development. On that 30. Make it public. don’t think. Even if you don’t feel confident.” Whatever it is that you hope might happen in the future won’t happen unless you are doing something about it right in this very moment. Create momentum and excitement by starting with an easy goal. Make it public. You must challenge assumptions and negative thinking.000th day. Truly smart people are eager to learn and willing to expose their lack of knowledge. We can’t or won’t imagine how truly amazing life could be. . write down your heart’s desire — without limitations.” Life is a string of “right nows. Find someone who will inspire you to move forward. Find someone whose life you want to emulate. 8. but a very successful one. or you aren’t smart enough. Don’t overwhelm yourself with everything on your list. Challenge assumptions. For now. Some stretches might move you forward a little. This is a real stretch.1/20/13 20 Ways to Stretch Yourself | PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement and keep walking. Everyone has areas of ignorance. Why do we resist stretching ourselves beyond our circles when real living is on the other side? Here are some of the reasons: We fear the unknown. but we have to take them to find the correct path. tell someone — anyone. Look stupid. We think it will require resources we don’t have. Start with awareness. enjoy and understand? Create a list with categories for career. you will work harder. And tell them your deadline. People spend more time thinking about themselves anyway. Recognize right now that more is possible for you. because it is part of growth. you are probably thinking about your life and how it could be better. Befriend failure. learn. Begin to view failure as a friend. pick your top five. 9. education or any others that apply to your life. If you are serious about doing something. Pick something easy. What do you want to achieve. 2/9 . It does mean shifting up to the next level. and switch gears to thinking. Make it happen. “If only.

pickthebrain. Find new environments for learning. If you don’t make it. This will open new pathways to growth that you never knew existed. Take time to ponder the growth you have made and the goals you have achieved. but don’t get stuck in them. He is 32 now. a new type of book. Bad things happen along the path. Whatever you are working on. the founder of the blog The Art of Non-Conformity. click here now to get your copy! Tags: growth.” The process of growth is forever. and free up tons of valuable time. challenge yourself to find a bigger. As you take steps to stretch yourself and create a better life. What other people think doesn’t matter. 17. . As you approach a goal or action step. so you will always be in process. He chronicles his adventures for his blog followers. inspire you. a blog about fearless living. try something new. new friends. 19. self improvement Like 18 people liked this. Where are you spending time that is draining your energy and resources? Are you spending time caring for material things that don’t contribute to a better quality of life? Do you have too many mindless tasks? Start eliminating these things. How to Have a Meaningful Life. Remove distractions. There’s lots of support out there for whatever you are doing. offer input and provide support. But if you do . Share these achievements with family and friends. . so see the beauty in it. productivity tips. 14. Then your family and maybe a few close friends who are authentic. or different way. or intruding extraneous thoughts. Think creatively. Approach life that way. A new hobby. Add New Comment www. Enjoy the process. You are going to hit obstacles — whether it’s negative people or circumstances. Whenever you have the opportunity. self growth. Begin some mental. Join a community. You are becoming a different person. Barrie Davenport is a personal and career coach and founder of Live Bold and Bloom. Move away from them. Chris Guillebeau. motivation. has set the astounding goal of visiting every country in the world (except those in turmoil) by the time he’s 35. Get involved in a group of like-minded people who can cheer you on. Stop resisting. 18. better. Look at what others are doing. Steal ideas and make them your own. other pending projects. Don’t get distracted by emails. and mental housekeeping. The internet is an amazing resource for this. Focus on the task at hand. emotional. Login 3/9 . don’t forget to savor the “right now.1/20/13 20 Ways to Stretch Yourself | PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement and main person you have to please is yourself. big deal. 12. Try new things. Don’t Forget To Follow PickTheBrain on Twitter! Related Articles: Words That Overcome Fear and Dread Words That Heal and Empower You might like: Articles (this site) Words that HEAL and EMPOWER (this site) How to Find Time to Exercise – However Busy You Are (this site) (Selected for you by our sponsor ) Want to feel great every single week? NOW YOU CAN! To start being more productive today. All you really have is this very moment — this is your life. Every step forward should be celebrated. every single time. 15. Write them down.pickthebrain. Think big. Now think bigger. We get so mired in the doing that we forget the being. you have to let go of what’s tethering you to the mundane. a new idea. After that. phone calls. 16. In order to achieve what will take you to the next level. you are chasing your tail. You don’t have to be an artist to be creative. Expose yourself to different ways of doing things and thinking about things. . move in a different direction. Instead of resisting. work on that one thing. 13. She is the author of the free e-book. just for the fun of it. Simplify everything. Remember the old pinball machines? You’d pull a lever and the ball would bounce off walls as it sought it’s way forward. Acknowledge yourself. Set a big challenge. Create a big challenge for yourself.

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