There are two phrases that we tend to hear repeatedly throughout our lives that have to do with self improvement. The first one is “do something you’re scared of every day.” The second one is “get out of your comfort zone.” Today I want to add a third: “Do something you’re proud of every single day.”
When it comes to doing something you’re scared of every day, I see the merit in it. I get the strategy behind it, but I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary for personal growth. I mean frankly I don’t want to be scared all the time. I’d rather not put myself in life threatening situations or in front of the jaws of a lion too many times you know?
Which is why the phrase “get out of your comfort zone” tends to be a bit more focused and “safe.” You don’t have to do things that make you fearful to get out of your comfort zone. Getting out of your comfort zone just means switching it up. To me, that’s how you find new things you like or dislike. Getting out of your comfort zone is a way of weeding out all of the crap and finding a center that’s filled with worthwhile ventures and activities. So yeah, continue (if you already do this) or start (if you don’t) to get out of that comfort zone every single day.
Which brings us to one that I think is a bit more challenging but also more rewarding: Do something that you’re proud of every single day.
It doesn’t have to be something monumental. You don’t have to go on a crusade to save the world or end famine in Africa. But perhaps you can help out a stranger. Maybe you can read a book to your child. Perhaps you can do that home improvement project you’ve been putting off all this time. Take that hike in the woods you’ve always wanted to take. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something where at the end of it you’re thinking to yourself, “man, that felt good and I know it was good for me (and hopefully someone else).”
There are some real benefits to doing this and I’ve found a few that make this all the more worthwhile.
1. It erases anything bad that happened that day
I don’t know why it is, but it ALWAYS happens. Ever have a really shitty day and then you just stop what you’re doing and do something that makes you proud of yourself? Have you ever really analyzed how you feel afterwards? Ever notice that all the crappy things you felt that day kind of disappear? It doesn’t mean your problems are gone but it 100% helps. I can all but guarantee it.
2. Short term benefits
Not only will you erase any bad feelings of the day (as mentioned above) but you’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment in the short term. Any victory for us tends to be a good victory. And it’s nice to set ourselves up for some kind of victory every single day.
3. Long Term Benefits
As many folks say, doing something for 21 days in a row forms a habit. Imagine doing something you’re proud of each and every day and doing said thing forms a habit. Think about the possibilities. For the same reason that exercising every day will give you health benefits, imaging the benefits you’ll get out of doing something you’re proud of each day. Those benefits will compound over time.
I can give you benefit after benefit but I think you get my point. Give it a shot.