We’ve all felt the subtle pull of a new and unexplored endeavor, project, or past time when some components of our lives become stale. Often times, that pull is met with resistance. Our own self doubt and questioning tugs back on that pull and instead of diving into something new, we continue to wade in the pools of the familiar.
While the benefits of our proverbial comforts is hard to deny, there are also astounding benefits to trying something new. Fellow blogger extraordinaire Nikki Bayley explains on the subject, “A study in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine showed that people who took part in leisure activities, no matter if it was cross-stitching or trail running, became 34 percent less stressed and 18 percent less sad while they did so, and the calming effect lasted for hours.”
While cross stitching or trail running may not be the past-time that calls to you, the sentiment remains the same. So often as we age we look back at all the things that we should have, could have, would have tried were it not for that quiet – okay loud – voice that is all too ready to provide excuses not to try something new.
1) Fear is Foe
The tricky thing about fear of the unknown is that it is incredibly difficult to talk yourself off of that cliff. However, the great thing about fear is that it is a secondary emotion. Try and shift that fear into excitement. New things are exhilarating and have the potential to give each of us an opportunity for growth no matter where we are at in our lives.
Fear of failure is perhaps the biggest hurdle to surpass. However, failure need not be an impenetrable hedge of thorny dread. If you’ve failed at something, that likely means that you’ve learned something. So even an failure there is growth.
2) Both Big and Small
Trying something new doesn’t have to be an axis shifting event of biblical proportions. Even little things like trying a new hobby, a new craft, reading new types of books, etc. can give each of us the chance to evolve.
3) Why It is Worth It
At the end of the day, trying something new serves at the catalyst for growth, well-being, mental health, or even just reevaluating our sense of purpose. Opening yourself up to the possibility of transformation is the best way to experience all the quirks of trying something new.
People will likely always have a part of their life that is fiscally critical and can’t be given up. Because of this, to have other past times to keep the innovative spirit alive and well is well worth the investment of our efforts.
Article Source: http://www.alive.com/lifestyle/3-reasons-try-something-new
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