Until you try new things, you may never know your true passion, purpose, or power.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”—Neale Donald Walsch
Human beings are born curious—a trait that we somehow lose as the burdens of responsibility weigh heavily on our shoulders. Trying new things is paramount to being a successful person, building a complete human—one that you will be proud of. So, when was the last time you did something for the first time? Coordination is okay. After all, nobody wants to be a mess. But there is fun in messiness. Sometimes, it pays to scatter just to see if you are capable of fixing it back together.
Life and longevity are two gifts we can control how well we use them. Believe it or not, the more new and fun things you do, the more fulfilling and satisfying your life becomes. People who seek out new terrains and activities are happier, positive, alive, and healthier.
Step out of your comfy box and introduce something new every day. The standard is monotonous and outdated. If you are not the type of person open to drastic changes in your life, take it one step at a time. Nobody is forcing you to eat Chinese. You can start with noodles cooked in your style with a little soy sauce and lemongrass.
Why Should You Try New Things?
Your brain will thank you for it. When you feel tired of living, overwhelmed by every day’s chores, and confused about the next step, do something new. In fact, you can do something old in a new way.
Anyway, there is a feeling of accomplishment and delight when you try something new. In this article, I will discuss several reasons you should try new things today. If you are set to go, follow me.
Is this your usual routine—wake up, get ready for work, grab a coffee and bagel at the local café, work, buy takeaway packs for dinner, and into bed for the next day? This sounds like a lot of people. Your usual repetitive routine literary saps the life out of your existence and is not healthy. This is the time to try something new.
Have you ever thought of dancing? Oh, you have two left feet. Hmm, don’t we all—until we try?
Perhaps you would like to go on a culinary adventure. Oh, yes, you are sensitive to certain foods. Hmm, we are, until we try. Join the HIIT class for a better physique—erm, I will just be a distraction. Hmm, the fit ones were once like you.
Stop giving yourself excuses to remain mediocre in your life. It is time to stop empowering factors that limit you (or so you thought) from experiencing something new in your life. Here are 14 reasons why you should try new things.
1. It Re-Emphasizes Your Strength
Do you have a role model? What qualities attracted you to them? I am guessing that their zeal and passion for trying new things is one of them. They must be unapologetic and willing to throw out everything to experience something new.
Well, this is your time to be a role model to others. Some people look up to you and use your narrative of life to build theirs whether you are a parent or not. If you are limited by your thoughts, you are automatically creating a handicap space for them.
However, if you seek more in life, then there is an emptiness that is filled when you try new things. The only way they can do this is by trying something new, which boosts their confidence and belief in themselves.
2. You Appreciate Other People’s Experiences
What do you know about life outside your immediate circle? Aside from what is narrated in your neighborhood or textbooks? We have seen many people whose myopic idea of another culture, tradition, and perspective only enlarges their ignorance.
However, when you learn a new language, for example, or taste new food, you are opening yourself to understanding other cultures and people. You gain insight into the “whys” and “hows” and appreciate them as humans. As they say, experience is the best teacher, but it can only happen when you try new things.
3. It Gives You an Edge in Life
I am not implying that you will become better than the next person, but a new experience can be all you need to open doors of opportunities before you.
Imagine working in an office where everyone has the same level of certification. You may think of this as a good thing—it is not. It is actually a limiting factor to your success. Break the barriers, aim higher, and partake in a course to boost your career, confidence, and future. You might just be the person to break the jinx in your office and takes you where you need to be in life.
4. Discover Your Purpose
Until you try something new in life, you will never know if you could do it better.
Wouldn’t it be regretful if you could dance, sing, cook, bake, teach or do more but never did? How would you feel? Rather than live a life of regret, try new things today. After all, you will never know your capabilities if you do not try. Besides, when you try something new, you learn a little something about yourself.
There is sincere happiness when we achieve a feat on our own. Remember that failure is part of trying something new. So, if at first you do not succeed, try, try, try, and try again.
5. Know Your Likes and Dislikes
As funny as it sounds, very few people can distinguish their likes from their dislikes with solid reasoning. Your comfort zone cannot accurately measure the ability of your capacity. If you do not try, you will not know.
When you are open to trying new things, you are opening yourself to pushing beyond the threshold into new territories. And in so doing, you can accurately point out what you do not like or like based on your capacity. These are characteristics unique to you alone. Furthermore, knowing these aspects of your life is new and will steer you toward better things.
6. Create Satisfying Memories
Memories are like bank deposits. You make them, store them, and reflect upon them in the future. Memories are habits and moments we create when we try something new. Like seriously, who creates memories from something old without adding a little spice to it?
Life is all about balance, and trying something new can help you to build a happing archive. Remember, not all good things lead to great memories, but our desire to keep trying makes the difference.
7. Meet New People
Asides from expanding your social network, which is good, meeting new people is not exactly the most thrilling thing to do. Today, the world defines your worth by your network and the people you know. Whether it is online or offline, meeting people has become a measure of success. Furthermore, there are a million and one ideas in the market—some you know while others you don’t.
By expanding your social network, you are open to countless opportunities that grow you, your career, and knowledge and establish your spot in the world. After all, what do you have to lose? Try meeting new people today.
8. Brings You Out of Your Shell
Have you ever met someone and muttered, “are they weird?” This could just be you. You cannot step out of your shell without the willingness to try something new.
There are a few steps to truly achieving this, including better communication, acceptance, confidence, self-esteem, and more. It all starts when you try new things. Getting out of your shell can be challenging, but it will get easier with time.
9. You Understand Your Fears Better
Success comes with failure attached, and so is trying out new things. Everyone is scared of something—even daredevils have doubts about their stunts until they try something new.
We are all adventurous people, but fear and access to the appropriate information have limited us to our tiny space. One of the biggest benefits of trying new things is beating the power of fear over our lives and expanding our sense of accomplishment. Furthermore, the situation is never that bad as it seems. Our minds create a multiplying effect of our fear until we cannot contain it.
Fear creates skepticism and only shows up once you decide to try new things. This will generate a crippling effect to prevent you from trying. However, there is just one way to beat it: try new things.
10. You Learn to Appreciate the Value of Time
New things slow you down enough to make you appreciate your surroundings and move you away from boring routines. As we grow older, the days and minutes seem to pass away without any tangible event happening around us. We suddenly find ourselves with nothing interesting until the holidays or when something new happens in the family. For some of us, it is never because we live in isolation.
However, when you try new things, you slow down time and appreciate the time you have in your hands. Keep your hand busy with something new outside work and the regular clique.
11. It Is Healthy
Life stops when we stop learning and trying. The learning process continues long after we have left school into our daily affairs. Your brain, just like the rest of your body, needs food to remain active, and new things stimulate and boost it.
So, it is time to try new things today as it sharpens your focus, cognitive abilities, and increases creativity. As a matter of fact, giving your brain something to think about daily is a healthy pathway to longevity.
12. It Makes You an Interesting Person
The world is changing, and if you want to hold down a conversation, you must be willing to try new things. The passion and excitement you feel when you try new things and succeed is an attention-grabbing storyline. It is exciting to sit among your friends and passionately share the exploits of your new adventure with some firsthand knowledge to back it up.
13. You Experience More of Life
When you surround yourself with the same people, ideas, routines, and conversations, you are unexposed. To experience more of life, try traveling solo or picking up an online course of your greatest fear. Do not limit yourself. Go for it.
If you are adventurous enough, you will come back with new life lessons, friends, and perspectives. Overall, you will become a well-rounded person.
14. It Humbles You
Aside from fear, pride is another hindrance to trying new things. The feeling of being vulnerable and probably learning from someone below your status is a humbling effect. Regardless of your achievement, wealth, connection, and experience, you are always a beginner when you try new things.
Furthermore, it teaches you to be patient to learn, listen, and grow. For what may seem like a silly reason, when you try new things, you conquer pride and achieve a milestone.
Try new things today and open yourself to new emotions, experiences, and cultures. It is boring recycling the same old things over and over again. Whether it is a new haircut, food, hobby, or experience, there is fun in adding a new thing to your life portfolio.
It is humbling to break away from your routine and tick something off of the bucket list. Life is too short to remain in one place without any stories or memories of new things you did on your own.
So, this is the time to try new things—from simple tasks to daring and challenging ones, add some spice to your life. Remember that fear is a drawback, so conquer it by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.
This article originally appeared on Lifehack