Something New





I realized something on the ride. I realized if I wait until I’m not scared to try new things, then I’ll never get to try them at all.”
Marie Sexton

Does fear stop you from trying new things? Do you hesitate to apply for a new job, take a course, or meet new people because you feel insecure about how you will do?

It is natural for us to have some caution about new experiences. This is what has helped the species to survive. It is good to check things out a bit before just jumping in. But , if the fear stops us from doing new things, then our growth stops. We begin to stagnate, becoming stuck in old familiar ways of being and doing things.

If there are things you would like to do, but you cannot seem to take the leap, there are some things you can do. If it is a class or event you would like to attend, see if you can invite a friend to join you. If it is a new job you are thinking about, see if you can ask someone who will mentor you. Get advice on updating your CV, and how to shine in an interview.

Whatever it is you would like to try, it also helps to spend lots of time visualising yourself in the new situation and enjoying it. If we are fearful, we tend to unconsciously visualiser negative images of ourselves in the situation, and so scare ourselves out of even trying. Instead, create a movie in your mind where you are the star and are handling the new experience with confidence and success. Do this often enough and it will excite you about trying some of those things you have always wanted to do.

Remember, growth seems to require we take new action first, whether it is adopting a new attitude or a new way of thinking, or literally taking new action.  Putting yourself into new situations and leaving yourself there alone, so to speak, often forces beneficial change. The desire to challenge yourself keeps you open to new ideas that very well may be better than the ones you currently hold dear.

Commit to do something new this weekend.

“Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for your life to begin and start making the most of the moment you are in.”
Germany Kent


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