5 small and mundane things you can do to take a step outside your comfort zone

Tonight I watched a 1950s black-and-white film called 12 Angry Men.

Apparently it’s considered one of the greatest movies ever made, and I can see why. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend it. But this essay isn’t a movie review.

12 Angry Men probably isn’t a movie I would ever have watched if left to my own devices. My husband picked it—every Saturday night we take turns on whose movie pick it is. (If our 17-year-old joins us he gets a turn as well.)

This tradition of alternating movie picks means I often find myself watching something beyond my norm. And most of the time—like tonight—this is a good thing.

Not just because it widens my cinematic tastes, but because it gets me out of my comfort zone.

Often we think doing something out of our comfort zones has to be big and scary. You might think my life is pretty boring if watching a 1950s movie counts as getting outside my comfort zone! But even little things like that can open us up to new experiences and help us learn new things.

So here are five small and mundane things you can do to take a step outside your comfort zone, if you dare:

1. Take a new route when going on a regular car ride or walk.

2. Taste food from other cultures, either by getting creative in the kitchen or trying a new-to-you restaurant.

3. Change your car radio to a new station—and pick one that plays music quite different to what you normally listen to.

4. Buy someone you care about a gift for no reason.

5. Create a bucket list of those big and exciting things you want to do—once you’re ready to take a leap outside your comfort zone.

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