When was the last time you challenged yourself, learned a new skill, did something out of your comfort zone?
When we were kids, we were constantly learning—how to walk, talk, play games, cut food with a knife and a fork, build a house of cards, write, spell, climb trees, ride a bike, play cricket, the list goes on. With these challenges, came opportunities to feel accomplished, to feel confident and gain a sense of mastery.
As we get older, we tend to value comfort and routine over adventure and curiosity. Some are content in this state and others need to be regularly challenged to feel vital and alive. But the truth is, we can all benefit from building a sense of mastery everyday. Building mastery is about achieving something new. It’s not about thrill-seeking—you don’t have to jump out of a plane to get the benefits. Little feats can be just as rewarding.
So what are the benefits? You rediscover the value of exploration, novelty, and achievement. You gain confidence to expand the limits of your comfort zone. By broadening your pursuits, you become more interesting to yourself and others. You reinvigorate your life!
“I don’t believe life even begins until you’re out of your comfort zone.”
Don’t forget to notice how you feel afterwards. You’ll feel more competent and confident. You’ll have a sense of pride, accomplishment, and achievement. You’ll think to yourself, “I did it!” And you’ll be excited to set yourself new goals and face future challenges. That is how you will know you are building mastery.