“Everyone has a ‘risk muscle’. You keep it in shape by trying new things. If you don’t, it atrophies. Make a point of using it at least once a day.” – Roger Von Oech
Trying something new doesn’t only have to mean an activity. It can mean reacting in a different way, communicating in a new way, adjusting your mindset around something that you have always viewed one way, or visualizing something new and positive in your mind. For me, trying something new can be exhilarating, a fresh experience can awaken the soul. It can also be frightening. Not knowing what to expect, imagining the worst, is it possibly dangerous? It’s interesting to think about the way that I react to new things now, as opposed to when I was a child. Back then I was usually fearless, not worried about the outcome. Tack on some life experience, society in general and bam just like that fear of failure and/or the unknown sets in. But if I can get past those moments of fear, by doing something new, I most likely grow no matter how big or small the new experience is. Most of the things that I fear don’t come to pass, and what’s more I’m unable to anticipate all of the good things that do occur as a result of trying something new. Much research has backed this idea, including this article in TIME magazine .
I wanted to share or suggest some new things to try, and hopefully you can try them or they will inspire you to create/do some of your own.
Take an alternate route to work, or home from work.
Try a new restaurant in a town near your hometown, that you have never been to before.
Look at a map of a place you dream to visit one day, plan an itinerary, then save to do it!
The next time you feel very angry or upset with someone, visualize yourself genuinely sending him or her love.
Read a non fiction book, or take an online ‘webinar’, about something you want to learn.
Start a gratitude journal.
Volunteer, anywhere. Even if it is cleaning your parent’s or a friend’s house.
Create a playlist of your all time favorite songs and dance, I mean really dance, around your kitchen while cooking dinner. (maybe this isn’t a new thing for some of you)
Call your grandparents on a weekly basis, if you are lucky enough to still have them. Or go to the local nursing home, sit and talk with whoever is sitting in the lobby. They will be happy to have someone there.
Try a food you have never eaten before.
Come to one of my yoga classes, or schedule a private lesson 🙂
Learn how to play an instrument, or a new sport.
Draw or paint a picture.
“Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have and should have.” – unknown