Seven Unexpected Benefits Of Trying New Things
Trying new things is often terrifying and daunting and that’s reason enough to do it!
I am partnering up with Boardup for this article. It’s a company funded through Kickstarter, who launched the world’s first folding longboard. For the record, I received a longboard as a gift for my 30th birthday (my something new). I always wanted to try longboarding and I am glad I did, it’s so much fun! Apart from being portable and foldable the Boardup board is an excellent longboard, very smooth and comfortable to ride. They are currently offering a 30% discount: here.
Back to our subject! Weather it’s a new haircut, a new workout, a new recipe or a new hobby… You should always break your routine, challenge yourself and do something new. You probably have a secret bucket list of things you want to try someday. Well guess what, life is short and you should cease every given minute to achieve your dreams! From the craziest to the most simple ones. If you dream about having a short blonde bob, accepting a new project at work, opera singing, knitting, taking a picture of the Taj Mahal, learning spanish, or scubadiving, you should absolutely deploy all resources to do it as soon as possible. Book that class, download the tutorial, buy the gear for your new hobby and just do it.
Unfortunately, the fear of the unknown and the fear of failure often tempt you to say “No” to anything new. But pushing out of your comfort zones is actually good for you in so many ways. Here is why:
1. It increases confidence and self-estime
Even if you “fail”, you will be proud pf yourself for trying. Stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new is an accomplishment itself. It will get you the confidence and the courage to try the next new opportunity that comes along.
2. It makes you passionate and interesting
The excitement and the adrenaline that you feel when you try something new, make great conversations. Passionate people are interesting, they come up as positive and inspiring… the kind of people everyone wants to be around! Share your new experiences, the inspiring parts and the funny anecdotic parts and give people something to remember you by.
3. You lean more about your limits (or the absence of them)
It often teaches you to push those self-imposed limits. You’d be surprised to see that you are capable of much more than you’re giving yourself credit for. In the worst case scenarios, you will at least know more about yourself, things you love and things you absolutely don’t.
4. It opens up opportunities
With a new passion you can make new friends, dating prospects, or business contacts. It’s a great way to open conversations and you may meet people with similar passions in the least expected places. That HR manager in your company may be a big fan of hiking just like you. As an example, blogging opened up so many professional perspectives for me and completely changed my life. Longboarding (who started like a cool fun thing to do), ended up being my stand out from other content creators and landed some very interesting collaborations.
5. It keeps your brain active
Learning doesn’t stop at school. Just like your muscles need to be maintained by physical activity, your brain needs to be stimulated by new experiences and challenges. The learning process keeps the brain sharp and active and actually increases your creativity. And even better it gives our brains something to think about other than the same old same old worries.
6. It teaches you patience and humility
Whatever your accomplishments, your intelligence, your age or physical skills, trying something you puts you on a vulnerable place. You become a beginner once again! As a result, you should listen and learn from more experienced people and appreciate every small milestone. It also helps conquer the fear of being silly, pushing you to take more initiatives both in personal and professional life. It’s okey not to be an expert sometimes, laugh your way out of it!
7. It makes you realise that your time is valuable
If you develop the curiosity of trying new things, you will be less tempted to waste your time gossiping, hanging out with toxic people or scrolling your Facebook feed mindlessly. It magically distances you from all things negative. You will perceive the world differently, as exciting and beautiful. Consequently, it creates the urge to dedicate every minute to do something productive or learn something new, that nourishes the soul, the mind and the body.
When was the last time you tried something new?
Make a list and start living out of your comfort zone right now! Say yes to new opportunities. It starts will the small things, and remember:
“The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday”