Have you been living the same way for so long that you can’t even remember? Do you want to break out of your mundane routine to take on new opportunities? Do you want to better yourself and never settle for less?

“Being the best version of yourself” is a phrase that came into the limelight when global celebrity Priyanka Chopra spoke at the Penguin Annual Lecture 2017 and shared with the world that it has been her desire to improve herself and her ability to take risks that helped her grow and made her a high achiever.

Most people spend their entire lifetimes doing the same things in the same way. And without them realizing it, they find themselves gripped by the fear of the unknown. They hesitate to step out of their comfort zones due to this fear of the unknown, says Dr. Meghana Dikshit, a leading psychologist in Mumbai.

But as Robin S. Sharma said, “As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes the new normal.” So, you just need to a take few steps out of this zone to expose yourself to endless opportunities. Here are some major steps you need to take.

Be Fearless and Dream

The first step towards self improvement is to let go of all your fears. Own your life, design a blueprint, plan it, and start living. Accept your greatness and boldly trust your dreams and instincts, while losing all those self-doubts and the habit of procrastination. You’ll be surprised to see a dramatic mindset change, which will spur positive changes within your personal and professional life.

Be Ambitious

“My ambition far exceeds my talents,” exclaims Johnny Depp’s character, George Jung in the move Blow. Most of the time, ambition is perceived as a form of greed in our society. An ambitious person is thought to be selfish and aggressive. But ambition is what keeps you going in life and motivates you to achieve greater and greater heights.

Never Compromise

Did you know that when you compromise, you willfully surrender to mediocrity? The habit of making compromises stops you from taking risks and bringing out the best from yourself. So, remember never to compromise, especially on your respect and dignity, since they power you for life.

Accept Failures

Failures are often seen as an undertaker rather than a teacher. People often confuse failure with defeat and not a delay in their goals. However, failure is not the end of the road. It is a temporary detour. It’s true that no matter how hard you try, failure can’t be avoided. But the key is to learn from it and never repeat your mistakes.

Live Boldly

Everyone has a different version of being bold. Some call jumping off a bridge or a plane boldness, while others believe that chasing dreams is boldness. Boldness is when you are not afraid to take a deep breath and just do it.

Top psychologists say we are the average of the five people we spend most of our time with, so eliminate negative people from your life to maximize positivity. And if you find that you’re unable to do such things by yourself, look for depression and anxiety counseling.