Evaluating The Idea Of Being Constructive

Hello everyone, it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to my blog! I feel like this whole month has been going quite fast, how are we already over halfway through January?! Today’s post is going to be on a really interesting topic – it’s one that links to positivity but the concept is kind of differing. I recently read a blog post by Writer Ravenclaw in which she spoke about Praise over Criticism – and it got me thinking about the idea of constructive criticism; which then led me further to the whole idea of being generally constructive. So today, I want to look into what it means to be constructive, how it compares to positivity, and more. Let’s jump into it!

  1. WHAT DOES BEING CONSTRUCTIVE ACTUALLY MEAN?
  2. HOW DOES BEING CONSTRUCTIVE COMPARE WITH BEING POSITIVE?
  3. CAN WE UTILISE CONSTRUCTIVENESS TO BENEFIT OUR SOCIETY?

WHAT DOES BEING CONSTRUCTIVE ACTUALLY MEAN?

If things are described as constructive, they are useful and intended to help or improve something.

Cambridge Dictionary

As you can see from one of the official definition, being constructive is used as a means to get better at something – perhaps even eventually excel at something. It’s the idea of getting feedback or improvements, and using them to change.

The word itself, constructive, and it’s connotations are used in many contexts. One of the most widely used ones being constructive criticism: critiques that work to uplift someone rather than put someone down. There’s also constructive journalism (which I’ve spoken about a few times on my blog before) which focuses on solutions rather than solely the negativity around a situation.

Even when you think about construction in everyday life. The whole concept is around building things, which is exactly what being constructive is too. Making yourself better, just like construction does to builders.

HOW DOES BEING CONSTRUCTIVE COMPARE WITH BEING POSITIVE?

So, looking from an external point of view, you may think that being constructive can be pretty much used synonymously with being positive. And, to be honest, they are used interchangeably. Although, when you deeply look into the two, you will come to realise that they can be quite different.

As we know, positivity is about optimism: looking on the bright side and focusing on the good. While this is vital to mental health and our ambitions, there is a limit. I spoke about this in depth in my post Realism vs Optimism – A Comparative Discussion, too much positivity can hurt you sometimes – because that means there’s no actions to take for change, and it can lead to toxic positivity.

While being constructive is literally built on what positivity needs to improve on. It’s about acknowledging the good, like positivity, but focusing on what went wrong and making it better.

In my opinion, I think that focusing on construction is a strand of positivity – the best of both worlds. You’re take pride in your achievements, while simultaneously learning from your failures. This also helps to break down the stigma of failure as well, something a lot of readers of this blog said that they could relate to me on.

CAN WE UTILISE CONSTRUCTIVENESS TO BENEFIT OUR SOCIETY?

We live in a society that is very negative at the moment, through toxicity on social media, high beauty standards, rising adversity; and unfortunately more. But maybe, adding a more constructive approach to our external environments could be the key to making a change.

Think about it, instead of telling someone:

‘You’re perfect at XYZ’ or ‘You shouldn’t bother trying XYZ’

you tell them…

‘If you practice consistently, then you will get better at XYZ’

Can you see the difference? The constructiveness really allows a person to build a skill by giving specific improvements and targets, rather than just saying someone is good or bad.

There’s so many directions this can be taken in, bosses can use this to train their new employees, teachers can use this to help their students (the next generation of new employees.) And people who are on the receiving end of constructive words could pass it on to others, and in an ideal world it could become a cycle of construction. Helping everyone to improve in any aspect of life!


This post was so interesting for me to write and compile, I really hope you guys took something away from it, and enjoyed it! Let me know in the comments what you think about being constructive.

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Fostering Positivity As We Look Back On 2022

Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to my blog! Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve typed that – again – and I just wanted to say that I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while without letting you all know. After my exams were over I was free to post again, but then when I went on Christmas break, I completely lost it as a priority and had a bit of a creative block. But as I’m sitting here writing this, I realise how much I genuinely miss this, so hopefully next time I take a break it will be announced! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, which leads me into today’s post.

As I’ve reflected on the past few weeks and what’s changed for me, I thought it would be fitting to look back on all of 2022 – but with you guys! I want to foster positivity, so today I’ll be talking about how I’ll look back on the year with a positive lens, speaking about the blog but it will also be quite general as it’s open to everyone. Let’s jump into it!

Actively Look For What You Wished You Could’ve Improved In

I know it’s quite peculiar to begin a reflection that is positive-centric by looking at mistakes, but if you think about it, it makes perfect sense! Remember, positivity is a mindset of improvement to find joy, and you’re not going to be able to improve without looking back on some of your failures (and trust me, I understand how difficult it is to accept mistakes and failure).

So, to look back at this year positively, you can make a list of everything that you wish you could’ve improved on this year (labelling it as an ‘improvement‘ rather than a ‘failure’ helps to look at it more positively) and to create a better understanding for yourself, write your ‘why‘ next to it so that you know the reason that you’ve looked back on it and wanted to make that specific point better.

Make sure you save this list by taking a picture, or writing it in a journal etc! (I personally just did it as a note on my phone) That way, you can always remember what you want to do better so that you can, hopefully, better your previous mistakes in the coming years!

Reminisce On The Highlights

Yet, of course, the best part of any reflection (and the most conventionally positive) is looking at the highlights! When looking at the highlights, of course you can just remember the memory itself and the day. But, you can also do more.
Take a minute to think about a good part of the year (looking at a picture, just recalling a memory etc!) and try to think about what made it so good. (You can either do this in your head or write it down). I’m not talking about whether it was because it cost a lot of money or anything materialistic, I’m talking about what made the vibe so good. Meaning, was it the people you were with? The activity you were doing? A time of day, like sunrise?

Whatever it may be, pinpointing exactly what made the event so special to you can allow you to utilise that knowledge and create more happy memories in the new year! From this, you may realise you want to surround yourself with other friends, have different priories, etc!

Discuss Your Memories With Others

This is similar to reminiscing but it’s a bit more of an active role on your part. Finding someone who you’ve spent a lot of the last year with to talk about it with can really be beneficial to ensuring the next is a great success too!

They can help you in your pinpointing to figure out what made a shared memory so good. On the other hand, they can also provide another viewpoint into certain events and memories that happened during the year, which can help you understand if you made any mistakes you didn’t realise that you need to improve on. Whatever way you’re looking at a memory, ultimately speaking to someone else can give you the most positive and objective start to the new year possible!

Also, sharing memories has so many benefits in a mental and psychological sense! A study proved that sharing memories can help those with depression and reduces the chance of having it. And there are many more articles online that write about the benefits of preserving and sharing your memories with others.


Thank you so much for reading this post! I hope it was helpful, and I hope you can see that 2022 did have some great takeaways to improve on and to happily look back on. Let me know in the comments what you thought of while you reflected!

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Sharing YOUR Thoughts On Positivity

Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to my blog! You may remember that a few posts ago, I asked you guys to send in what you thought positivity meant to you – to celebrate 600! I loved the communal aspect of this, so today I’ll be sharing your comments and giving my overall opinion. Let’s jump into it!

Your Perceptions On Positivity

All names are remaining anonymous because everyone can have different views on positivity!

'Seeing the good is every situation and even if there isn’t any plus side, knowing that I can get through it'

'Trusting and assuming the best from God'

'Recognising that while everything you feel may not be *comfortable*, it’s still important to acknowledge and process those feelings, even if it’s not “traditionally positive” or comfortable, because every feeling has worth, meaning, and value and tells you something important.'

'It means I’m trying to improve myself and do better, and when I finally reach my goal, it’s that feeling of knowing I worked really hard and succeeded!'

'To be on the happy side of the melancholy.'

'Not about surrounding yourself with just the positive but rather being able to deal with both the positive and negative in a more positive way.'

'A state of peace, faith, and tranquility'

So from this, it’s clear to see that the idea of positivity can be so universal yet to personal to so many people! While some people find it connotes to religion and others find it connotes to manifesting, some find it’s to do with improvement while some find it to do with acknowledgement.

I love the versatility of this, as it proves that no matter who you are or what you’re going through, you can use positivity in your life. Whether it’s a big way or small way! I love the communal aspect of sharing this!

My Opinion on Positivity

To me, positivity is a mindset. I think it’s something that can always change based on different situations in life. I don’t expect myself or anyone else to be positive 24/7 because you can’t. I think positivity is about acknowledging your feelings and then having the ability to find a better solution!

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What Does Positivity Mean To Me?

Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to my blog! As I head into a stressful year of school and have a lot going on, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about thinking about positivity and keeping positive during this time. I realised that positivity can mean a lot for so many different people, so today I just wanted to share my perspective on what positivity means to me. Let’s jump into it!

What Do I Think Positivity Means?

This blog is a positivity-centric blog so I’ve written countless posts on the definition and how positivity can affect other people, but I’ve never really shared my true perspective. To me, positivity is about keeping hope alive, and that’s the key message I draw from it.
I think this allows for positivity to be a saviour during the bad times. I don’t necessarily think positivity will always give you an automatic solution – but I think that it’s a really great tool that just helps you to lift your mood, even in the bad times.
I’m not saying it’s about being 100% optimistic, because it’s not. It actually helps with positive realism. It’s not a solution but it can definitely be a stepping stone to finding solutions that can realistically help a problem.

How Do I Use Positivity In My Daily Life?

Honestly, I think this blog in particular has made positivity such a normal thing in my life – but I still think I have a long way to go.

I think one way it really helps me is that it allows me to keep my mind on the present. Me and my friends tend to look ahead sometimes, especially to out public exams (which are in 7 months time!) and we speculate on negative things that could happen if we don’t do well now.
Well, positivity has allowed me to say, ‘Let’s just keep positive and not think about it.’ And it actually really helps with calming myself down and not getting too stressed.

Another thing positivity has allowed to happen is stopping negative self talk. I think once in a while, everyone says some negative things about themselves like they’re ‘So bad at something’ or they’ll ‘Never be good’ at a skill. Actually, I used to do this quite a bit! But coming in with the perspective of positivity, and my parent’s persistence, I’ve been able to change these phrases into ‘I can improve’ or even ‘Maybe this isn’t for me!’ Slightly changing your language can have a whole different impact and effect on your own self esteem – and I really wouldn’t be doing this without positivity!

How Do I Want To Implement More Positivity Into My Life?

Something I’d really like to do in order to implement more positivity into my life is to do this in a realistic way. For example, when writing my weekly goals I could include some affirmations in my planner or I could just write small note to my future self letting myself know that I can do this.
I think it’s important to add positivity into your realistic goals as it really allows for more desire and passion to achieving them and gives you more confidence in getting them done!


Thank you so much for reading this post, I hoped you liked my perspective! My next post will sort of be a follow up post – but this time with getting you all involved so stay tuned for that!

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How I’m Trying To Become A Positive Realist

Hello everyone, it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to my blog! I’m hoping you’re all having lovely days so far. Today’s post is going to be a follow up from one of my previous posts. I recently wrote a comparative discussion on Optimism & Realism reaching the overall conclusion that Positive Realism is what I want to implement into my life. So today, I’ll be sharing how I’m planning to do this. Let’s jump into it!

What Is A Positive Realist?

‘The attitude of positive realism combines both the visionary view,  as well as a realistic mode of thinking.’

Lifehack

In simpler terms, positive realism is essentially having a mindset that consists of a balance of optimism (positive thinking) and realism (realistic thinking).

Read My Blog Post on Optimism & Realism

Now I’ll be speaking about what steps I’m taking to make positive realism part of my own method of thinking!

1 – Reframing Dreams Into Reality

The key aspect of positive realism is that it’s the balance of two mindsets (as stated above) so it’s important to still have both of them. But instead of them contradicting eachother, they’re working in tandem in your mindset.

So, what I’m trying to do is continuing dreaming big – just as I normally would as an optimist. But, I’m trying to place those dreams in real world scenarios to imagine how they’d play out – just as a realist would. (And if you’re more of a realist, then do these steps just in the opposite order) Then, I’d be able to see how I can achieve those dreams all while being realistic. Usually for me, this is by setting realistic targets!

2 – Being Aware Of The Facts While Thinking About Your Desires

This sort of links into the last one, and is a bit more beneficial if you were someone who was solely an optimist prior. After setting your dreams as well as the realistic targets to achieve them, it still might be beneficial to do a bit more research to know what you’re getting into. So, it wouldn’t be harmful to do a little bit of research, maybe to see the odds of achieving the dream, or the methods people used to get there!
And whatever facts you may find, (positive or negative) you can use them to your advantage and know more information about the dream you’re chasing!

3 – Being Content With Changes

Changes in the road can hinder both an optimist and a realist. So, positive realism gives a good perspective on how both can get back from them!

As someone with a predominantly optimist mindset, I know firsthand that I expect things to go 100% smoothly. But, this isn’t always the case – and being a positive realist means you acknowledge this, and now just focus on the new targets to get back on track!
A realist may probably be someone who has prepared for setbacks – which is great! But this could hinder the scale of what they want to achieve, and may not think they can fulfil their full potential. So, while a realist is already going to be content and prepared for the changes, it mustn’t stop them from dreaming what they truly want to achieve because they know they can use realistic goals to get back on track from the expected setbacks!


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Discovering Casual Magic in Life Around Us

Hello everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to my blog! I hope you all had a great week, my holiday was really fun and I’m excited to be back writing posts. Today’s post is going to be about a concept that I only recently discovered, which is casual magic. I’ll be sharing what it is, and what it means to me, some examples & more. Let’s jump into the post!

What Is Casual Magic?

‘The underlying meaning of casual magic is to become a curious observer and to find something to be grateful for in daily situations.’

Chiara Tecchio via Medium

Above is a definition of casual magic which I absolutely love. In short, it’s finding the little things in life and appreciating them. But it’s specifically called ‘casual’ magic because the point of this is to find value in things that we may not often appreciate or realise it can be wonderful.

Why Should You Actively Discover Casual Magic?

Actively finding casual magic simply allows you to appreciate the small things in life. It’s such a great way to remind you to practice gratitude even if you think you can’t find anything to be grateful for on what seems like the same normal day stuck in a repetitive routine. Therefore, it can lift your spirits! All you have to do is just look for it.

The discovery of casual magic also brought a realisation forward very recently in my life. It made me realise that you can be just as happy in the midst of normal life instead of taking part in grand or luxury gestures. Casual magic really allowed me to see that it doesn’t matter how popular or grand something is, it’s just about how you feel and how you’re choosing to experience life. I’m not saying to never splurge on yourself or do something grand, but I’m saying you don’t have to because you can have just as much joy without doing that.

Appreciating the casual magic in our lives also provides a little break from our hectic lives and routines. Taking a step back and finding something small to be grateful for can bring a spark of joy back into your life!

Some Ideas Of Casual Magic Around Us

  • A beautiful sunrise/sunset
  • The smell of fresh baked goods from the oven
  • Laughing with your friends & family
  • The smell of flowers in the park

The Secret To Everyday Happiness Video

I’m linking a Youtube video below which I encourage all of you to watch. It’s by Youtuber Jade Bowler (Unjaded Jade) and she shares how casual magic impacted her life as well as sharing some examples of casual magic. If you’re new to the concept, this is definitely a great video for you to watch!


Thank you so much for reading this post, my holiday really made me think about this so i wanted to share my thoughts and hopefully this can help you all discover some casual magic in your lives. I’d love for you to comment some casual magic examples that you discovered today!

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Realism vs Optimism – A Comparison & Discussion

Hello everyone, it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to my blog! Today’s post is going to be really fun for me to write as I think it’s quite an interesting topic and is almost a debate of two mindsets. Both realism and optimism have their share of advantages and disadvantages, and considering my blog is centred around positivity, I thought it would be a change of direction to write about realism as well as comparing it to optimism. Let’s get into it!

OptimismRealism
‘a feeling that good things will happen and that something will be successful’‘a way of seeing, accepting, and dealing with situations as they really are without being influenced by your emotions or false hopes’
Definitions from Oxford Learners Dictionaries

The above definitions give a pretty good idea of the two ways of thinking. In short, optimism is thinking very positively whereas realism is thinking about the real outcome of a situation and being prepared accordingly (for whatever the outcome may be, whether it’s negative or positive.’

If we take a look at an example, let’s say there’s two students: Student A and Student B. Both haven’t studied for their test in a couple of hours. Student B decides to accept this fact and knows that they will probably fail as a result. However, Student A still wanted to do well so they keep telling themselves they will do great no matter what. This is showing a real scenario of a difference of the two mindsets. Student A is embodying optimism whereas Student B is embodying realism.

But the true fact is, having a mix of both can be beneficial. And too much of one can be detrimental.

Being Too Optimistic

While optimism is great, and usually the mindset I choose to go with in many situations, sometimes too much optimism can actually be quite damaging. Optimism is having hope in all situations, right? Which is so important as it keeps your spirits high as well as helps your mindset.

However, too much optimism could actually be quite delusional. If you begin to think every situation will result in butterflies, flowers and rainbows, you’ll lose that sense of reality as a person. When actually, we all know that not every situation going to plan actually might be helpful as it can help you bloom and grow as a person. Being optimistic in every single situation can also be hurtful sometimes, because if the best thing doesn’t happen, it leads to disappointment – and this continually happening means you may lose the entirety of your optimism, which also isn’t good.

Being Too Realistic

Realism is definitely a way of stopping yourself from becoming disappointed which can be very helpful. Seeing situations the way they are without clouded judgement can definitely help to make the best decisions as well as manage your expectations. Marvel’s latest Spiderman movie had a line from MJ (played by Zendaya) in which she said,
‘“If you expect disappointment, then you can never really be disappointed.” Which, in my perspective, is the reason I think a lot of people choose to go with the realistic route when they’re face with a problem.

But expecting disappointment with realism is equally as damaging as having false hope. Constantly thinking of yourself not doing well or failing when make you lose belief in yourself for everything. You’ll lose your sense of inner child and passion for something as you’ll not expect highly from yourself – which again is incredibly damaging.

Overall Consensus – A Mix of being Realistic and Optimistic

Both realism and optimism are beneficial in different circumstances if they’re not exaggerated too much. It’s only when both of them become habits that problems begin to arise (too much of anything is not good for you!)

Personally, I like both both mindsets. I think optimism gives you hope and lets you dream big, and balancing it with realism keeps you grounded and down to Earth. The right balance of both ideas can give you great results!

The formal term for this ‘Positive Realism’ and I absolutely love it as it helps lead you to success! I’m not going to go into detail about this today, as the whole post has been leading up to it, but if you’d like to learn more about positive realism you can find many great articles about it online.

Articles/Sources

Realistic vs Optimistic Thinking Overview

Use Positive Realism for Maximum Success


Thank you so much for reading this post. I learned a lot just from writing it, and I hope it was an eye opener to positive realism for you too! Let me know in the comments what mindset you tend to use more.

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What You Can Learn From Periods Of Stress & Challenge

Hey everyone, it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to my blog! I’m so happy to be back from my week long break (honestly, it wasn’t that much of a break as I was still scheduling posts like this one) but regardless I’m happy to be posting again. My end of year exams are over, not to mention it’s my last month of school now so I’m very happy about that. Thank you all for the exam support over the last week – it meant so much to have your support!

But today’s post is going to be getting into my last 2 weeks. Exams can obviously bring out stress, I’ve definitely learned that. Yet, I’ve realised that times of stress and challenge can be great learning points – so that’s what I’ll be sharing with you all today!

If You Can Get Through It Once, You Can Get Through It Again

I think this is such a good example in terms of exams or school stress, but honestly you can use this in many aspects of life. If you’re going through something yet again, whether it’s emotionally, academically etc, you know that you’ve gotten through it once, therefore you know you can get past this again.

It’s just about taking that energy from the stress, and putting it into getting past the challenging period in your life.
If you’re in school and you have annual exams this is a great example, you’ve done the exams once last year, so you can do them again!

Your True Methods Of Relaxations and Peace

Many people already have set ways of destressing and switching off from the world around them. And a lot of the time, they stick to them no matter what, even if they think they’re working.

In actual fact, this period of exams has made me reevaluate my coping and relaxation strategies and I’ve actually realised I had new ways of finding peace in all the stress. So, if you think you have a way of keeping calm, make sure it’s actually benefiting you, if it isn’t, try some different things until you find what does work for you.

For the longest time, I always thought reading was my way of destressing, and although I enjoy it and I know it works for a lot of people, it simply doesn’t work for me as I get too worried about learning the definitions of any new words I’ve learned – which is not helpful when I’m already stressed.
It was only when I agreed to a bike ride that I realised that cycling has become such a great method of relaxation for me, and I’ll continue using it for as long as I can!

Your Optimum Stress Level

This may be a slightly weird thing to think about, but in actual fact, a lot of people perform better while they’re under stress. It’s only too much stress when you might break down or not do the best. That’s why, these times of stress can actually be a great period to figure out how much stress allows you to rise to the challenge and perform at your best!

This is actually scientifically proven through the Yerkes Dodson Law, which has proved some stress is needed for optimum results. I have a whole post dedicated to this law which you can read here.


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How The Placebo Effect Can Play Into a Positive Mindset

Hello everyone, it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to my blog! So, I was in a lesson and my teacher decided to show me this really cool video called: The Incredible Power Of Your Thoughts (embedded at the end of this post). It talked a lot about your subconscious mind and how your thoughts can play into your actions constantly. In the video, it mentioned The Placebo Effect which I remembered learning about in a school Biology lesson – it’s an effect used in medicine but when I got to thinking, it can actually be a great way of achieving more positivity. That’s why this post will be me sharing my thoughts on how I think the Placebo Effect can actually benefit your mindset!

What Is The Placebo Effect?

The Placebo Effect is an effect in medicine testing when scientists want to see if a specific new tablet or pill will treat a person. The testing consists of people with the illness and some of them are given the real medicine and some are given a fake one (known as a ‘placebo’) at random which has no treatment purposes . The idea of this is that scientists want to make sure that the medicine is actually curing the patient instead of the patient just thinking they’ve been cured if they’ve taken the placebo.

This is the Placebo Effect, sometimes patients who may have been given the placebo might still feel better because they think they’ve taken the real medicine. Leading people to believe that the mind can be a tool to healing, but a powerful connection is needed!

Learn More About The Placebo Effect at WebMD

Learn More About The Placebo Effect at Harvard Health

How Is It Linked To Positivity?

As stated above, the Placebo Effect worked by patients not knowing what they were given, so assuming they took the real treatment pill (even if it was just a placebo) would physically and mentally benefit them.

This means some patients who just decided to think, ‘I’m probably taking the real one’ despite maybe getting the placebo, had that positivity which genuinely helped them, and this has been shown in many studies!

Read The Results of a Placebo Study Trial Conducted By Ted Kaptchuck

What Can Be Learned From It?

The first time I heard about this effect in a Biology lesson, I really thought it was just a a coincidence what happened to patients who took the placebo. Yet, studies are proving this is real and very effective in treating people.

For me, the key thing to take away is that we can’t change what will happen for us, but maybe we can change how we think about them?
In a world with lots of stress, this effect is signalling to us that optimism is the way we can keep going. Now, not only mentally, but also physically! This teaches me so much about positive thinking. Don’t get me wrong, it can be so hard, especially if you’re a patient who could possibly be getting a placebo and I’m not saying to think everything will be butterflies and rainbows.

All I’m saying, is even if you have an inkling of hope and optimism, it can do wonders!

The Incredible Power Of Your Mind

The Incredible Power Of Your Mind was a video I was shown in a lesson which really made me rethink how my thoughts and how I choose to think about something. It was produced by YouAreCreators and this particular video will definitely leave you questioning your thoughts at the end – I would 100% recommend you watch it if you’d like to see how I got my inspiration for this post, and it talks about the placebo effect a bit more in depth. Watch below or by clicking here!


Thank you so much for reading, if you want to learn more, I’d definitely recommend The Incredible Power Of Your Mind video as that was my inspiration for writing this post. Let me know in the comments if you agreed with me or had a different idea about the placebo effect!

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What To Remember When Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Hello everyone, welcome or welcome back to my blog! Lately, I’ve been reading a lot on WordPress Reader about comfort zones. People have been sharing in depth posts about what they are, how they could limit you etc! I wanted to do a post about ways to step out of comfort zones, but I couldn’t think of any specifics. So, I thought I’d share today some things to remember when starting to step out of your comfort zone. Let’s jump into it!

What Is A Comfort Zone

The level at which one functions with ease and familiarity

Merriam Webster

Above is a dictionary definition of a comfort zone. It’s essentially an area at which you feel comfortable to participate and show your skills! I’m not going to go into detail about what they are exactly as that’s not the point of this post. So, I’m going to link two posts: one is a guest post about Comfort Zones by Aria and the other is by Natalie about Stepping Out of Comfort Zones.
Now let’s go into what to remember when stepping out of comfort zones!


Everyone Was In The Same Situation Once

Whether someone learned to do something new before or after you, everyone has been in a situation once where doing something was not within the reach they thought of. It may not be as specific as your situation, but whether you look at someone speak publicly or someone great at sport, the person you’re looking at was once looking at someone else and that skill was not in their comfort zone.
So, if something feels scary to do, don’t worry because anyone you aspire to be like was once in your situation!

Stepping Out Is A Gradual Process Different For Everyone

Even if you’re looking at someone who you know was in your situation once, it’s natural to think, ‘Why did they learn this so quickly?!’ and you may be different! Everyone’s comfort zone level is difference, hence stepping out of it is a different process for everyone. If you think you’re learning slower than someone, just keep persevering and working hard because you will get there – I know this for a fact!

You Can Ask People Who Already Have For Advice

Another thing to do is ask someone for advice. Specifically someone who you’ve seen first-hand step out of their comfort zone so you can get as much advice as possible. I know it’s hard sometimes because you want to independently get out of the comfort zone on your own merit (trust me, I’m like this!) But, asking someone for help who was in your situation will give you access to some really good catered advice on how they got out of their comfort zone and they can help you too. For example, if you knew someone who used to hate public speaking but you’ve watched them grow into a great public speaker, just ask them for some advice – their experiences can really help you!


So guys, I really enjoyed writing this blog post, it definitely made me reminisce on some experiences. Let me know in the comments about a time you stepped out of a comfort zone!

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