Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
– Ralph Emerson
Acquiring new knowledge helps you grow within your area of comfort or interest. To really grow you need to stretch yourself outside of that comfort zone by learning or experiencing something completely different. In addition to the new skill, knowledge, or experience, you also create confidence in your ability to break boundaries. This can become an input into the process of awakening to your true meaning.
For well over a decade I’ve had two such goals each year: learn or do something radically different and visit two new countries. By attempting and achieving those goals I’ve learned I really like Asia, I’ve started a blog, learned to windsurf and scuba dive, ran a marathon, and decided I was never going to be very proficient at Chinese even though I’m fluent in Spanish. Some of the challenges have been physical, some have been mental. I’ve succeeded at some, failed at others, but in all cases I’ve grown.
Surprise and challenge yourself. What is so different that it provokes a fear of failure or the unexpected? What would make others think you’re nuts? How can you help your team and even your family expand their own horizons – in an agreeable manner, of course?