As creative professionals, it’s important for us to always stay inspired. When you find yourself stuck in a rut, a great way to get your creative juices flowing is to get out of your comfort zone.
So, how can you tell if you’re in need of some creative re-charging? If your days begin to feel mundane, boring, or a little too systematic, you know it’s time to switch it up and get out of your comfort zone. This means putting yourself out there and doing something out of the ordinary. When you break your normal cycle and mix things up, you’re challenging yourself to try new things, which often leads to personal and professional growth. At NRPR Group, we’re constantly challenging ourselves to put ourselves out there, so today on the blog, we’re sharing some of our top tips for getting out there and re-ignite your fire… because as we like to say at NRPR, “FIRE UP!”
1. Network, network, network! If you’re on the shy side, go to a networking event and set a goal to approach 10 new people and spark up a conversation. This is a great exercise to practice your verbal communications skills and expand your tribe. Remember to smile while you talk, have open body language, and really listen to the person you’re talking with. The more people you meet, the easier it gets (we promise), and don’t forget to exchange business cards!
2. Wear bright colors. We know many publicists are known for their all-black ensembles (#NinjaStatus), as it’s an easy, go-to choice when you need to look your professional best. However, we’ve found that adding just a pop of color to your wardrobe can put major pep in your step and even showcase your personality. Color captures attention, so if you’re a monochrome lover, challenge yourself to switch it up at the office or your next event (and get ready for those compliments)!
3. Try something new. If you really want to get out of your comfort zone, expand your horizons and attend an event that isn’t your typical scene. If you can usually be found at the nightclub on Saturday nights, change it up and check out the orchestra. It sounds a little silly, but just try it! The change of scenery can have a big impact on your mindset and perspective.
4. Get an adrenaline rush. Last but certainly not least, if you really want to fire up and add some spice to your day, do something that will give you a boost of endorphins (the body’s natural “feel-good” chemicals). Go cliff diving, zip lining, surfing, ride a rollercoaster, or anything that gives you a thrill for a major rush of excitement.
As humans, it’s normal to go through lulls during life’s ups and downs, but it’s important to always recharge and keep things interesting. What are your favorite ways to push yourself out of your comfort zone? Leave your comments below or share them with us on social media @NRPRGroup, and stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest news from NRPR Group by signing up for our bi-monthly newsletter, HUSTLE WITH A CONSCIENCE!