Last updated on January 19, 2018
We run our days on autopilot:
I get why we do it — it’s hard to step outside of your daily routine and try new things.
But growth happens outside of your comfort zone.
For example, earlier this year I lost focus and felt frustrated in business and life. To get out of my funk, I FINALLY did something which had been on my mind for years…
I took a trip to Israel.
I LOVED it. I met cool new people, practiced my Hebrew, and ate tons of delicious food.
I learned 3 things from the trip:
If I hadn’t have taken this trip, this year probably would have looked very different for me. And I bet this year wouldn’t have been as much fun.
Because I want to help challenge YOU to step outside your box, I wrote this post to help try new things in 2018 (and beyond).
To get in the right mindset before you read this post, here’s a 15-minute minute challenge from Mike Posner.
In this 15-minute reset, learn a new habit you can keep forever.
All relaxed and ready to learn how to step outside your box? Let’s go!
One of the biggest blockers for new experiences is finding time.
We’re all busy, right? Tt can be hard to make time to try new stuff.
This was ALWAYS a huge problem for me.
For years, I wanted to:
But with growing Sumo, trying for a work-life balance, and everything else I had my priorities set.
You tell yourself you’re going to hit the gym today or get started on your business… then BOOM!
Slack messages start coming in, you have fires to put out at work, and next thing you know it’s bed time. 😴
To break the cycle, I plan everything I want to do in my calendar. Once something is added, I can’t skip it.
Most people only use calendars to plan meetings. But my calendar has become my go-to for planning EVERYTHING. Even my free time and activities with friends.
Sometimes I’ll even add an agenda to my personal meetings to make sure I’m using the most of the time I’m spending with everyone.
For example, here’s an agenda for the time I spent hanging out with my friend Ian:
When you want to try something new, schedule time so you can’t skip it.
When I flew to Vegas earlier this year to see my buddy Tynan, he reminded me of something very important.
Change doesn’t have to be permanent.
When you realize you can always adjust, it’s easier to begin testing our new things and finding what works for you.
The true failure is NOT trying. 💯
After my “rich asshole moment,” I recognized I had to change some behaviors. So I started testing things out before committing to them.
For example, when I wanted to buy a new condo, I asked if I could rent it before buying to see if I liked it. Turns out, I didn’t enjoy it… so I didn’t buy it. Could have been an expensive mistake!
This doesn’t just apply to big decisions in your life either.
Say you’re curious to try yoga. If you go to a class and it sucks, you don’t have to stay (just like when I walked out on Tony Robbins). And if you love it, go back. EASY.
If you try something new — hitting the gym, yoga, meditation, whatever — remember that it doesn’t have to permanent. And there’s no shame it dropping a new habit if you don’t enjoy it.
Have you tried the 15-minute meditation from Grammy-nominated artist Mike Posner yet?
Back in the summer, I had the chance to meet Jesse Itzler.
Jesse is a baller:
But one of my key takeaways from my time with Jesse was his laser-focus on “eliminating the fluff” from his life.
These are the non-essential tasks we spend time on, usually out of habit or because we think we should. For example:
All of these things are huge time-sucks.
For example, if you can cut the meetings you attend by 50% it could lead to 15+ extra hours per month.
There’s no rewind button in life. After a day has passed, it’s gone forever. Focus your time on things you WANT to do and cut out all the fluff.
Want to step out of your comfort zone right now?
Listen to this special episode of Noah Kagan Presents and experiment with a guided meditation lead by Mike Posner: