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7 Ways to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Keep your mind sharp and your brain healthy
by taking risks and trying something new

— Millennium Images/Glasshouse

5. Never automatically say no. When presented with a new opportunity or invited to do something out of the ordinary, is your immediate response to say no? If so, take some time to reflect on your resistance. Are you reacting out of fear? Would you be interested if you weren't afraid? Is the new opportunity worth a shot despite your concerns? Very often, fear and excitement go hand in hand.

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