With first semester coming to a close, there are a lot of opportunities that many people feel they missed out on, or things that they wish they would have done better. Here are 6 ways to step outside of your comfort zone next semester and push yourself to ensure that you end the next one with no regrets.

Get comfortable with a club

Whether it be making yourself a regular in the club that you are involved in, running for an executive board position, or just simply joining one, pushing yourself to reach a new level in a group that you are passionate about is a great way to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new.

Send in that application for your dream job or internship

You don’t meet all of the requirements? Who cares! The worst thing that can happen is you get turned down, but you also might end up getting it. Taking the chance is definitely worth the potential outcome that might come about.

Participate more in class

If you’re someone that never talks, set a goal to raise your hand once per day. If you talk a lot, don’t be afraid to speak out against opinions you do not agree with. I participate a lot in my classes, but often find myself nervous to disagree with my professors when they bring in their political opinions. Political discussions, especially among civil people, are usually very educational. Everyone involved has the opportunity to hear a new perspective and grow.

Designate time to work out

Everyone seems to regret not working out enough when each semester comes to a close. Set some time to the side every week to workout. Whether you’re someone who will do an intense lift every day or someone who wants to ride a bike for an hour per week, choose what is best for you. No matter what you choose, it will make a difference in both your physical and mental health.

Prep your days ahead of time

Knowing what you are going to do the next day relieves stress and anxiety immensely. Planning it out the night before makes your days much more organized and efficient, as knowing exactly what you need to do ensures that you do not waste time and you get your work done when you need to.

Change your mindset

It is really easy to fall into the trap of whining and complaining about everything you need to get done, especially when people around you are doing the same thing. Looking at everything through a positive light changes your perspective on everything around you. Almost everything has a negative side to it, but it also has a positive side to it. Which one you focus on really dictates you overall happiness.

When you are happy in what you are doing and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone to grow, you will be satisfied. If you aren’t, try again. Growth is limitless, and when you set achievable and incremental goals, you will realize what you are capable of.

Karly H
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