When was the last time you tried something new?
Trying new things can make us feel scared and nervous. We tend to fear the unknown and thus rarely expand past our comfort zone. Leaving our comfort zone puts us in a vulnerable position, and it leaves us with questions running through our heads. We ask ourselves: ”Can I do this? Will I look stupid? Why should I do this?”
The truth is, trying new things is actually a good thing. Think about kids, they have the right idea. Kids look at the world with fresh eyes. They don’t have any expectations and will dive right into new games and activities. Kids don’t think about the pros or cons and they don’t contemplate whether they should or shouldn’t play. They just go for it! As adults, so should we.
Of course, getting out of your comfort zone doesn’t mean you have to go sky diving tomorrow or travel across the globe, unless you want to. I certainly wouldn’t consider myself an adrenaline junkie; however, during my current travels to Thailand, I set the intention to get out of my comfort zone and embrace the things that scare me. I even changed my cell phone and laptop screen savers to the quote ”Life begins at the end of your comfort zone,” as a reminder to surrender to the unknown and invite more play into my day.
After spending the past month in Thailand trying a lot of new things, including zip lining, climbing a waterfall, learning to cook Thai food, spending the day at a water park and taking lots of dance classes, here’s what I learned:
Trying new things helps you overcome fear.
In most cases, fear is the one thing that keeps us from trying new things. We’re afraid of failing, afraid of what others might think, afraid to let go. Some level of fear is always present when trying something new, but it’s about making the decision to embrace the fear and do it anyway. The more you practice moving forward and trying new things despite fear, that’s when the real magic happens! Once you jump in, it’s hard to climb back out. Once you become aware of your courage, you’ll want to keep reaching for that feeling. And then there’s the rush. There’s nothing like the thrill of experiencing something new.
Trying new things helps you get to know yourself.
Trying new things can also teach you so much about yourself. It’s one of the best ways to learn what you like and what you don’t. Trying a new activity could be the thing that ignites a passion inside of you. Getting to know ourselves better is such a wonderful gift and when we try new things we realize we have unique likes and dislikes that were previously unknown. This also helps us realize who we want to become.
Trying new things helps you grow.
As humans, one of our natural desires is to grow and we can’t grow when we repeat the same activities and habits. Growth happens when we take new action and challenge our current thought process and beliefs.
Trying new things gives you confidence.
Showing yourself that you have what it takes will give you confidence to keep trying new things. After you try something new, you’ll feel amazed at what you are actually capable of doing. It reminds you that when you set your mind to something, you can do anything. The confidence you get from trying something new will stay with you all day, and it might get you to think, ”What else am I capable of?” It’s an amazing feeling to see the potential you’ve had all along.
Are you ready to get out there and try something new? What is that new thing going to be? Here’s where I invite you to think of your inner child. What excites you, or perhaps what intimidates you a little? What looks super fun? What have you always wanted to try, but have been too afraid to try?
This blog post first appeared on Actually She Can.