Do good AND feel good – how helping a charity can transform your life too.

We all know that helping other people and causes is a ‘good thing to do’. But did you know that helping a charity or non-profit is really good for you too?

In fact, the list of benefits is wide-ranging and pretty impressive. So whether you’ve been thinking about getting involved with a charity for a while, or this is the first time you’ve thought of it, this post might be the nudge you need to get out there and make a difference to both your’s and others’ lives!

 

Feel better

It’s no surprise that giving either your time or your money has a huge impact on your mental and emotional wellbeing. And there’s plenty of science to back it up.

Even the relatively simple act of giving money to a good cause can give you the same pleasure as eating chocolate or having sex [1]. And giving money to other people instead of spending it on yourself can actually make you happier [2].

Volunteering your time seems to give even more emotional benefits than donating money. A study of nearly 3,400 volunteers found that 94% improved their mood and 78% had lower stress levels. Almost all of the volunteers (96%) said they felt their life had more purpose since volunteering. [3]

There are also huge social benefits to volunteering. Volunteers feel more socially connected, less lonely [4], and better connected to the communities they’re helping [5].

 

The surprising physical benefits

Not only do people who volunteer feel better emotionally, they’re also physically healthier. Benefits include lower blood pressure [6], generally feeling healthier [7] and even a 20% lower risk of death [8].

What’s more, a quarter of volunteers in one study reported that volunteering helped them manage a chronic illness by giving them something else to focus on [9].

 

Unbeatable experiences

And let’s not forget that helping a charity means you get to see and experience some pretty awesome things. You could be taking part in the challenge of a lifetime (think climbing Kilimanjaro or cycling from Paris to London). You could be a listening ear that helps someone feel a little less lonely. Or you could get to see the priceless expressions of pure joy and gratitude at helping someone do something they wouldn’t have been able to do alone. Volunteering provides so many rewards – it’s a feeling that’s hard to beat!

Motivation matters

Despite all these cool ‘side-effects’, your primary motivation for helping is really important. Neuroscientist, Alex Korb, found that if you go into it deliberately looking to get something out for yourself, or so you can show off to your mates, you’re much less likely to experience the same benefits [10].

 

How can you help a charity?

So you’re ready to dive in and start making a difference. Of course, here at go-do.it we’ve got plenty of inspiration to get you started…

 

Give your time

Volunteering your time is a great way to help without spending money. You could help out on a regular basis or volunteer as part of an overseas expedition. You could also campaign for a cause close to your heart or help organise a fundraising event .

Donate

You might choose to give money regularly or as a one off. If you want to make sure your money goes somewhere specific, you could also sponsor a child or fund a microloan for an aspiring entrepreneur.

 

Achieve a goal

And finally, is there something out of the ordinary or extremely challenging you’ve always wanted to do? Getting sponsored is a great way to add another layer of motivation and help out a good cause at the same time.

Take the first step today

Already one of our intrepid doers? Add your charity goals to your list now!

And if you’re yet to join go-do.it, why not sign up today, create your first list and include your charity goals. We’ve got inspiration and motivation galore, plus we’ll help you stay accountable so you actually achieve all the things you want to!

 

 

Do you already volunteer or work with a charity? Then we need you!

We want to help charities connect with potential volunteers, so we’re offering our pro provider accounts to charities for free. We’d love to have as many charities as possible on here so that it’s easy for more awesome people like you to find volunteering opportunities and really make a difference! Tell your charity how they can get a free account on go-do.it.

 

Why the best adventures don’t have to cost a fortune

Define adventures and what immediately springs to mind? For most of us, it’s things like travelling the world in a campervan, flying over Niagara Falls in a helicopter or cage diving with sharks.

 

Sounds amazing but pretty damn expensive!

 

I’m not sure about you, but I don’t have anywhere near that kind of money. And that’s the case for so many regular folk like you and I who shelve the big adventures because of cost limitations. It’s easy to say ‘one-day’, but then the roof needs fixing and the car needs replacing, so the essential stuff takes precedence and the big dreamy adventures sit on the shelf.

 

Your life, your rules , Your adventures

 

The problem is, we’ve seen it time and time again on social media. People jumping out of planes and having adventures on an epic and costly scale. So anything less can make us feel a bit inferior and boring.

 

Besides, some of us just don’t feel the need to have wild, crazy and expensive adventures. We’re not that kind of person and we’ve got family and financial commitments. And that’s perfectly ok. It’s your life – there’s no rules as to how you should live it and spend your money.

 

New experiences and opportunities

 

But what if I told you that an adventure is simply ‘an unusual or daring experience’? Where does it say that it has to cost a small fortune? And anyway, how do you know that Sally or Jim haven’t got themselves into massive amounts of debt to fund their mega adventure?

 

An adventure involves getting outside your comfort zone, and opening yourself up to new experiences and places. It helps you see things from a different perspective, plus there’s scope to find something new that you love. Or rediscovering excitement in an old forgotten hobby.

 

Adventures also involve seizing opportunities and taking a new path in life – whether that’s starting a business or starting a family.

 

Adventures are good for you…regardless of cost!

 

And here comes the science part. Adventures are actually good for you regardless of how much they cost! They’re a natural antidote to stress, they encourage us to live in the moment and help us to break out of a safe routine. All this means you’ll be more productive, be able to harness your creativity, and find it easier to push your boundaries in the future.

 

How to have cost-effective adventures

 

Sounds amazing doesn’t it? But how can we have adventures without breaking the bank? Look no further, we’ve come up with some handy tips;

 

Do free stuff

 

Coco Chanel once said “The best things in life are free, the second best things are very, very expensive.” It may sound a bit twee and outdated in today’s world but we think Coco’s point is still very valid. Sure, money can buy you material things but happiness often comes from things and experiences that we don’t own or have to buy.

 

Even science has backed up that theory. Visiting the beach or taking a walk on a sunny day will boost your serotonin or ‘happy hormone’ levels massively. The same has been said for volunteering which has enormous benefits to our health. The more we give, the happier we feel.

 

There’s tons of stuff you can do without spending a penny. Sign up for a free online course, go on a stargazing adventure in your local park or go on a bike ride.

 

Borrow

 

We all have a friend or family member who’s got a skateboard lying around in the garage, or a camera that’s gathering dust. So why not push yourself outside your comfort zone and borrow their kit? It’s way cheaper than buying and gives you an opportunity to try it first.

 

You never know, it may spark the start of an adventure that you never even considered!

Club together with friends

 

Science yet again proves that shared experiences are more enjoyable. So if cash flow’s an issue, club your costs together with friends or family and make the adventure heaps more fun!

 

Go on an outdoor picnic, have a barbeque or a campfire on the beach or go camping. If each person contributes towards food, equipment, petrol and accommodation costs, it will make the adventure way more cost effective than going solo.

 

Indulge in child’s play

 

As children we live in the moment and enjoy creative things like painting and crafting. In childhood, we never thought ahead to mind blowing expensive adventures and were happy with simple, inexpensive activities.

 

With the emergence of adult colouring books which help with mindfulness, scientists have proved the importance of child’s play on adult well being. It helps to express our feelings, encourages creativity and helps us to push our own boundaries

 

Child’s play doesn’t cost a small fortune either! It’s good for you health and your purse strings!

 

Save up, don’t give up

 

Adventures are important for all of us and it’s essential to our wellbeing to make them a priority. If you’re going on regular days out or want to take the kids mountain biking and need to hire bikes, set aside a monthly adventure fund. That way, you’ll have something to aim towards and look forward to on a regular basis.

 

And if that shark diving experience is still high on your agenda, open up an account and start saving. It may take time but rather than letting the dream sit on the shelf, you’ll have something tangible to aim for and it will help you stay on track.

 

 

For more ideas on how to go on awesome, cost effective adventures, join us today and share your goals.

 

Does writing down your goals really help you achieve them?

If you’ve read anything about achieving your goals or sticking to resolutions, you’ve probably heard of the study where students from Harvard were asked to write down their goals.  

The story goes that researchers asked graduating seniors if they had written down their goals for the future. Just three percent had. Those same people were surveyed again twenty years later and the researchers found that the 3% with written goals had accumulated more wealth than the other 97% combined.

Even if you’re one of the few people who haven’t heard this before, it’s a compelling argument, wheeled out regularly by motivational coaches and internet advice gurus. But it turns out, like many of the alternative facts coming out these days, the study never actually happened.  

Here at Go-do.it, despite knowing the original study was a myth,  we thought there must still be something to it, and we were relieved to find we weren’t the only ones.

Dr Gail Matthews at Dominican University in California thought so too, and set out to see if she could prove or disprove the theory. Thankfully, her study found that writing down your goals did indeed help you achieve more. In fact people who wrote down their goals achieved 42% more than people who  just thought about them.

 

Obviously we were stoked that we haven’t all been running around blindly following the advice of a fabricated study. But it got us thinking, what is it about writing down your goals that dramatically increases your chances of success?

 

Get clear on what you want

Recording your goals (on paper or online) gives you clarity. Before you can write something down or add it to a list, you have to think about what you want to do and make a decision about whether it’s important enough for you to commit it to writing. This process gives you much more clarity than simply daydreaming about all the different things you’d like to do.

 

Plus, when you actually write something down, you’re consciously admitting that this is something you want to do. And that’s a lot harder to ignore than a passing thought.

 

So I just write down my goals and that’s it?

Oh wouldn’t it be lovely if all you had to do was make a list and your goals then just magically happened?

 

Think of it like going on holiday. Unfortunately, even though you now know where you want to go, you won’t get there by sitting still. And whilst writing down your goals is an important first step, it’s not the only one.

 

What else can you do to increase your chances?

 

1 – make the goals specific

A lot of  goals don’t happen because they’re really general and it’s hard to know if you’ve actually achieved them. For example, it’s really hard to ‘get fit’ because how do you actually know when you’re ‘fit’?

 

2 – Make a plan

Big goals can seem unachievable, especially if there are a lot of steps you need to take to get there. Making a plan and breaking down what you need to do, will make the path much clearer for you, helping you reduce procrastination and indecision, and making you much more likely to take action.

 

3 – Tell your friends!

There’s nothing like a bit of social pressure to keep you on track.  The Dominican University goals study found that telling your friends about your goals helped people achieve 25% more goals than if they kept them to themselves. The study also showed that you also get added ‘likelihood of achieving your goals’ points if you send them weekly updates on your progress.

 

Want more on how to set effective goals? Check out our step-by-step guide here.

 

How can go-do.it help?

As helping you actually achieve your goals is basically what we live for, writing down your goals is the first step in the go-do.it journey. We’ve got tons of inspiration to get the creative juices flowing and help you pick out your goals. Click here to set your first goals.

But remember, it doesn’t stop there – after you’ve committed your goals to writing, we’ll help you join the dots, by putting you in touch with people who can help you so you actually take action. And soon, we’ll also be running challenges and helping you break down your goals into manageable steps to make it really easy for you.
What are you waiting for? Take that first step today, and set your first goals with go-do.it. We can’t wait to see what you achieve!

 

Inspirational golden oldies to prove age really is just a number

If you’ve ever worried that you’re getting ‘old’ waaayy too fast, or worse, other people keep telling you to act your age, then we’ve got some serious ammunition to quiet those annoying voices and prove that you really are never too old to do something.

There’s a ton of actual scientific research that shows it genuinely is never too late to start learning something new. And that the old adage of ‘age is just a number’ really is true. (If you missed our post on how you really can teach an old dog new tricks, definitely check it out here.)

But here, we’re going to introduce you to some truly inspirational people who didn’t get the memo that once you reach a certain age, you have to stop doing anything physical and sit around all day drinking tea.

And these just aren’t your average ‘my uncle ran a marathon’ or ‘my nan goes to Pilates’ stories. We’ve got daredevils and record breakers galore, as well as people that would probably put your average 17-year-old gamer to shame!

Meet Tao Porchon-Lynch

Tao, who is 98 years young, was recently awarded the title of “world’s oldest yoga teacher”. And we think old people can’t be flexible! Tao has been crazy about yoga since her childhood, and has been teaching yoga in different countries for almost 50 years. She certainly embodies her motto of ‘there is nothing you cannot do’.

http://www.taoporchon-lynch.com/home.html

Meet Hidekichi Miyazaki

Japanese sprinter, Hidekichi, has been setting world records in the 100m sprint since he took up the sport aged 90. Yes, you read that right, he didn’t start running until he was 90 years old. He recently took the 100m world record for 105 year olds and still holds the 29.83 second record for centenarians. He says he thinks he’s still got a few more years of running in him, and wouldn’t consider giving up yet to show gratitude to all his fans. Such a legend!

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/25/japans-105-year-old-golden-bolt-beats-his-own-world-sprint-record

 

Meet Doris Long

Abseiling isn’t a sport you’d usually associate with the older generation, but that hasn’t stopped Doris abseiling down the 94 metre Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth every year for the past 16 years to raise money for a local hospice. Doris did her first abseil when she was 85, and has been awarded an MBE, as well as the nickname Daring Doris. She said it gets harder every year, but it’s well worth it. And she has no plans on stopping any time soon, saying she lives in hope she’ll still be able to do it next year.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jul/12/doris-long-101-world-abseiling-record-spinnaker-tower

 

Meet George Neal and Ernest Smith

Canadian Pilot soared into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2015 as the world’s oldest, active pilot at the grand old age of 96. He spent more than 15,000 hours flying over 100 different types of aircraft. But George isn’t the only golden oldie cruising through the skies, the new record holder, Ernest Eli Smith is 98 and still regularly flies light aircraft in Iowa today.

 

Meet Larry Macon

Although Larry is quite a bit younger than the rest of our legends, we can’t talk about inspirational older people without mentioning Larry’s incredible achievements. He’s broken the Guinness World Record for most marathons run in a year, not once, or even twice, but FOUR TIMES! His most recent record was 239 marathons in a year. And he did it at the age of 69. That’s 6,261.8 miles in one year and more than one every other day! He didn’t even start running marathons until 1996 when he was 52.

http://www.runnersworld.com/newswire/69-year-old-breaks-record-for-most-marathons-in-a-year

 

So, next time you catch yourself murmuring that you’d love to do something, but that you couldn’t possibly because you’re too old now, or because it’s for young people, bookmark this post, re-read it, and then start making a plan to get it done! Need some help? We’ve got your back. Join us and start doing today!

 

 

OW vs WOW – How the way you think affects your success

Why is it that some people seem to have all the luck? You know the type of person, where opportunities fall at their feet and things always go their way. And then there’s the people who just seem to get the worst luck, even if they’re really trying. Well, if you’ve also been pondering this phenomenon, you’ll be pleased to hear that we recently stumbled upon a theory that explains why some people have all the success and why some others don’t, even if they’ve had the same resources and opportunities.

(And when we’re talking about success here, we don’t mean in the “traditional” sense of being rich and powerful, we mean  success as in happiness that comes from achieving your dreams and goals, whatever shape they may take.)

 

Are you an OW brainer, or a WOW brainer?

According to Todd Herman, of the Peak Athlete, there are two types of mindset when it comes to success – OW and WOW –  and whichever one is dominant, will determine whether you are likely to be successful or not.

Now Todd know’s what he’s talking about. He’s been training professional athletes and entrepreneurs to create winning mindsets and improve their mental toughness for over 16 years.

OW brainers see things as hard. In the future, they see obstacles, struggle and pain. When they want to make a change, they think of all the ways something will hurt them instead of the positives that will come out of it. People with an OW mentality tend to be bored, stuck and very firmly rooted in their comfort zone. They’re a glass half empty kinda person.

So, if you were learning to ride a bike, and you tend towards an OW mindset, you’d probably be worried about falling off, getting hurt and making a fool of yourself. Maybe even to the extent that you wouldn’t even try.

Contrast that with WOW brainers, who are literally in awe of what’s going on around them. They see challenges as adventures and every hurdle or failure as a learning opportunity. They’re usually pretty confident people and definitely see the glass as half full.
If someone with a WOW mindset was learning to ride a bike, they would be really excited to get going. They’d see each fall or crash as something to learn from. And even when the stabilisers come off and they’re really wobbly, they remember that when they started, they couldn’t ride a bike at all.

 

Can you guess which one is more likely to succeed?

 

Now don’t panic if you feel like you’re leaning towards being a OW brainer – you aren’t exclusively one or the other, and you might be more inclined to be a certain way depending on the situation. Plus, your mindset isn’t fixed, you can totally shift it to make the likelihood of you achieving what you want go through the roof!

 

And the even better news? Go-do.it is perfectly set up to help you do that.

You see, my intrepid doer, some of the ways you can move towards a WOW brain have literally been baked in to the go-do.it way.
How? I hear you ask. Well…

 

1 – It gives you goals and a path to achieve them.

If you don’t know where you’re going, how do you expect to get there? You need a plan, with actionable steps, or you’re going to get overwhelmed and stay firmly in the OW camp.

 

It’s a well-touted fact that writing down or having a record of your goals makes you much more likely to achieve them. Even though the original 1953 Yale study was proven to be a myth, a 2012 study in California proved that by writing down your goals, you are more likely to achieve them.
So, simply by creating your goals on go-do.it, you’ll get yourself much further along the road than if you simply keep them in your head.

 

2 – It gives you accountability

The same study, found that if you then share your goals with a friend, you’re almost twice as likely to achieve them. And if you report back to your friends on your progress, that gives you another extra boost!
Fortunately sharing is an integral part of go-do.it. It’s really easy to hit share on your goals and tell your friends what you’re planning to do.

 

3 – You can see just how far you’ve come and celebrate success.

One of the most important parts of a WOW brain is that you recognise all of the hard work and achievement that’s got you to where you are now. And go-do.it means you’ll always be able to see just how many cool things you’ve achieved (and brag about it to your friends too!)

 

When work is busy, or you feel like you haven’t learnt anything new in forever, or you’re feeling a bit stuck or bored, it’s really easy to forget or underplay just how far you’ve come. Achievements fade in our memories over time which means your motivation can go south. Having a record of everything you’ve achieved so far can be the push you need to keep going.
And as an added bonus, it also reminds you to be thankful for all of your journey so far. And gratitude doesn’t just help you achieve your goals, it can dramatically improve both your mental and physical health.

 

Learn more about OW and WOW mindsets.

If you want to dig deeper into the theory, watch this fantastic interview with Todd and Marie Forleo. They look at the science behind what happens in your brain and your body when you’re forming new habits and give you five ways to help move from an OW to a WOW mindset.
You can also read more about how your mindset shapes your life on Brainpickings.

 

What’s next?

Whichever way you lean, go-do.it will help you on your journey. We’ll be your own personal cheerleader to help you make goals, create a plan, connect with other people doing cool stuff and show you just how far you’ve come.

 

So, if you’re an OW brainer, join us and we’ll help you literally go from OW to WOW!

 

And if you’re already leaning towards a WOW mentality, sign up, share your adventures with the world and help keep your momentum going!
What are you waiting for – join us today!

 

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – How to practice effectively for anything

There’s only one way to get better at anything in life and that’s with practice. But how do you do this effectively?

This talk gives us tips and shows use how to make the most out of our training. The lessons this videos teaches can be used for just about any skill. From running to yoga to learning a musical instrument if you don’t take the time to work on your skills you will never see any improvement.

 

“Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement”

 

Annie Bosler and Don Greene not only show us how to improve our skills but how these improvements actually effect our brains. As our regular readers know we are big believers in learning new skills. Taking the time to make our practice as effective as possible will only help us improve! The quicker we improve the better we feel about ourselves and what we are doing.

 

 

 

Lessons vs YouTube – which is better?

Isn’t YouTube amazing? You can learn pretty much anything you want just by watching a video. Literally anything, from yoga, knitting or mandarin, to tattooing, unicycling or beatboxing.

In fact, YouTube is the world’s second biggest search engine. There’s so much you can learn on there, it’s a wonder that anyone actually takes lessons any more.

But that got us thinking – is YouTube the best way to learn something new? Is it any better to take lessons instead of learning for free on the internet, at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home?

Let’s consider the evidence…

YouTube is a one-way street

The biggest downside to learning on YouTube is that it’s only one-way communication – which means you won’t get any feedback. And effective feedback is the best possible hack to learning there is. It builds confidence, self-awareness and your enthusiasm for learning. [1]

It makes sense when you think about it – you can think you’re doing something right but how do you actually know? – When someone else, who knows what they’re doing,  gives you feedback. There’s just no way of knowing if you’re watching a video.
Plus you can ask questions, so if something doesn’t make sense, you don’t have to just muddle through through.

Practice makes permanent

We’ve all heard that practice makes perfect, but that’s not strictly true. Practice actually makes permanent – repeatedly doing the same thing over and over again helps things stick in your memory and become automatic. Which is great if you’re doing it right – but if you’re doing it wrong, it will be a lot harder to correct after many hours of practice. Taking a lesson means the likelihood of you doing something wrong, and then cementing it in your memory with practice, is a lot less.

You’ll probably learn faster in a lesson

if you’ve got a limited amount of time, like a holiday or a trip booked that you want to get ready for.

You’re much more likely to actually go to a lesson

We can all be a bit lazy, and when life gets in the way, it’s much easier to cancel on a YouTube video than an actual human being. It won’t be disappointed and it won’t cost you anything!
Having a set time and someone expecting you means you’re much more likely to actually learn what you want instead of putting it off for when you have more time/work is less hectic/ you’ve watched the new series of Stranger Things.

It’s much more fun doing it with someone else

(Get that thought out of your mind, we meant learning!) But seriously, who’s going to laugh at with you when you royally screw something up, like bashing into something (a wall/the floor/your face) or saying the wrong thing. Learning can be hard, but it feels much less so when someone is there sharing the experience with you. Plus who’s going to tell you you’re doing a great job, or cheer when you totally nail something?

 

YouTube probably isn’t a good idea for dangerous pursuits

Skydiving, base jumping, tattooing, slacklining more than a few feet up – anything likely to cause permanent damage/serious injury/death, you should probably see an expert first rather than just buy some kit and watch a few videos online!

 

And what about those times when YouTube really is your best bet?

 

YouTube is free

Depending on what you want to learn, paying for lessons can be really expensive, especially over time. This means YouTube is also great for if you want to try something without committing to a full course (but do see the point above about dangerous activities!)

Choose when and where to learn

The other bonus is that you can learn at your own pace, and do it wherever you want, wifi or 4G permitting of course. Sometimes there aren’t any classes nearby, or you just can’t make the times the class is on.  And if you want to practice Spanish at 4am when you can’t sleep, or learn a trick for your brand new skateboard on Christmas Day – YouTube is perfect!

Learn from some of the world’s leading experts

Getting a real-life lesson from a world number one is probably pretty unrealistic, but on YouTube you can get a lesson from some of the best teachers in the world, including tennis tips from Novak Djokovic and guitar lessons from Slash from Guns n Roses!
So, which way is best for you? If you want to save your pennies or can’t find or get to a lesson, YouTube isn’t a bad place to start, but if you’re in a hurry to learn, or don’t want to learn by trial and error, lessons are definitely the most efficient way to go.

What do you want to learn? Check out our goals page if you need some inspiration, and then get your goals list started today!

 

Why New Year’s Resolutions don’t stick (and how to make sure yours do)

Nine days. That’s how long most New Year’s resolutions last. Seriously, three quarters of people who make resolutions for the new year, feel like they’re unlikely to stick to them just nine days later. [1]

At go-do.it, we know it’s hard to stick to resolutions, but we’ve also seen lots of people achieve some pretty incredible things, so it got us thinking, why is it that some people always seem to fail, whereas others totally smash it out the park? And more importantly, how can you make sure that you actually achieve your resolutions this year?

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Your comfort zone is lying to you.

Your comfort zone wants to keep you safe, warm and, well, comfy. And our brains are very firmly programmed to want to stay there. Not surprising really when your comfort zone’s original purpose was to keep you from going off and getting eaten by a sabre toothed tiger, or freezing to death in the wilderness.

So your comfort zone, doing its level best to keep you safe from prehistoric cats that no longer exist, tells you little stories to keep you there…

“Oh that sounds like a great idea, but that’s not really your sort of thing is it”

“Hmmm, that sounds hard, what if you’re no good?”

“At your age? What if you break something?”

But what your comfort zone neglects to tell you is that if you never leave it, things will pretty much stay as they are. Those little voices convince you that you’re much better off wrapped up in your snuggly comfort zone blanket, rather than doing something different or out of the ordinary.

The only problem with that is most people I know, myself included, aren’t 100% content. It’s not that life is bad, things are going ok, or even pretty good, but there’s still that niggling feeling in the back of your mind that things could be just a little more exciting.

And the danger in believing those little lies is that you’ll just keep coasting along and nothing will ever change. Life won’t get miraculously more exciting all by itself.

 

How to get out of your comfort zone in a non-terrifying way

It’s so important to remember that you don’t have to dive head first out of your comfort zone into doing something terrifying, despite what Instagram may imply with all of those people happily jumping off cliffs and out of planes.

The great news is that it just has to be something unexpected or new. Something where you don’t know what the exact outcome will be, like booking into a new class, learning a new skill or meeting some new people. More like dipping your toes in rather than a huge leap out.

And the amazing thing is that each time you do something new, your comfort zone expands. What was a little uncomfortable at the start, becomes actually pretty comfy. So the next time you can do something that pushes you a little bit further. Those tiny steps can add up to big changes fairly rapidly. And this process helps you get better at taking risks, makes you more creative and can even make your brain sharper! So that cookery lesson or poetry class actually makes you a better human.

Let us help you find your comfort zone sweet spot

Here at Go-do.it, we’re experts at helping you become a doer. Putting you in touch with the people that can help you make things happen. Join us, and we’ll help you show your comfort zone where to stick it. Plus we’ll be with you every step of the way, no matter how seemingly small those steps may be.

 

Why you’re stuck in a rut (and how to get out of it quickly and painlessly!)

On paper, your life is fine. Good job, nice house, smart TV, an all-inclusive holiday every year. But you can’t help feeling that something’s not quite right. If you’re honest, you’re a bit bored. And a bit stuck because you’re not entirely sure how you got here. Or how to get yourself out of it. It’s like you took a wrong turn somewhere and now you’re lost.

If any of this sounds familiar, you’re probably stuck firmly in a rut.

So, what is a rut?

Ruts are devious creatures. By nature, they are dull and unproductive. Which makes you feel dull and unproductive. When you’re in one, you convince yourself that escaping from its clutches will be too complicated or too scary. You believe that this is the way life is now, and it’s unlikely to change. So you don’t try. And you stay bored. Which makes you feel even more dull and unproductive, thus keeping the vicious circle spinning. See, these ruts are cunning!

And the number one reason people end up in a rut…?

They’re on autopilot.

They’re just plodding along doing the same thing day in, day out. Week in, week out.

A good litmus test to see if you’re in a rut is to ask yourself, when was the last time you learnt anything new? (That you wanted to learn, being forced to do training at work doesn’t count, unless you really love your job.) If you can’t remember, it’s definitely too long!

When you don’t use and challenge your brain with learning, it simply goes onto autopilot, which isn’t necessarily a problem if you’re heading in exactly the right direction. Sticking with our flying theme though, real pilots have a rule that states if you’re even one degree off course, after travelling for sixty miles, you’ll be a full mile away from where you’re supposed to be. On that basis, even if your life is only slightly off course, the longer you’re on autopilot, the farther away you end up from where you want to be.

How do you re-route and get back on track?

You’ll be pleased to hear, getting out of your rut can be very simple…

Do something!

That’s it. Doing something different to your normal routine, no matter how small it seems, can have a remarkable effect on you.

It helps you learn new things about yourself. Concentrating on learning also gives you head space because it requires your full attention, so it’s a fun way of getting in some meditation and mindfulness. Learning new things creates new neural pathways, and unblocks bits of the brain that haven’t been used in a while.

Remember, this isn’t about making a big, dramatic change and overhauling your life overnight. Anything that’s likely to be way out of your comfort zone will seem too overwhelming and likely paralyse you into inaction.

You just need to start small. Doing something new, even if only for an hour, will help spark your creativity so that you can find your way out of this rut. As they say, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

And just like the butterfly effect, doing something different, no matter how seemingly small, can transform into much larger differences later on. All you need to get started is just a few flaps of your wings.

Do it now!

What’s one thing you’ve thought about learning but haven’t got around to? It doesn’t have to be a lifelong dream, just something you fancy doing. Anything that will put you in a new and different situation.

Pick something now and commit to it today. Do it now, don’t wait for motivation to miraculously strike, because it probably won’t).

Then tell us what you’ve picked in the comments below. And don’t forget to pop back in to let us know how it goes!