It’s “Try Something New Month” here at Good Feet! Throughout October, we’ll be helping you get motivated to try new things, which helps work muscles in both the brain and body. What do you think of when you think of trying new things? Sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the possibilities and start thinking it’s only possible to try new things if you have an abundance of extra time–or cash. But what you try isn’t half as important as that you try. The essence of trying new things remains the same, no matter what activity you engage in. Get inspired with this post on why getting out of your comfort zone is a good thing.
One of the most important reasons to try new things is that the act of trying serves as a primer, preparing you with tools essential to personal growth. For example, if you try something like painting or guitar lessons, it will most likely take a while to master. But you’re not just learning how to paint or play the guitar; by trying new things, you’re learning how to learn, how to navigate in a new world of information. This incredibly important skill can be applied to many aspects of life.
Or, think of trying new things another way: If you spend a month engaging in the exact same routine, you’re likely to later remember that month as moving fairly quickly. But if you intersperse new activities throughout the month, you’re more likely to remember each activity as a separate event, thus giving yourself more memories to reflect upon. Time won’t go any slower, but you’ll be filling it with meaningful experiences. What memories do you want to have?
It can be easy to become complacent with everyday routines, as enjoyable and important as they may be. We wouldn’t be who we are without having these experiences, but we can always be growing. Decide how you want to grow. Then dive into this month of trying new things with as few expectations as possible and a lot of excitement. Extending yourself beyond your comfort zone is exhilarating.
Of course, as exhilarating as it is, it is also challenging. When you’re thinking of what you’d like to try, build off what you already have. Do you have a lifelong dream to travel solo? Have you and your family always wanted to vacation together? Realize those dreams at whatever scale you can. Do you want to socialize more, or develop your thoughtful side? Consider signing up for a club or to volunteer in your community.
Be inspired to walk through the world freely. It’s normal to feel apprehension. But you’re giving yourself the opportunity to build on something: your experiences. They say that life is 10% what happens and 90% how you react to it. New experiences give you the opportunity to learn more about yourself, and how you tend to react. So even when you’re engaging in familiar routines, you’ll have more tools in your toolbox to take on challenges–and triumph. Life is what you make it, so don’t be afraid to try!