So I woke up this morning and looked myself in the mirror and asked myself this very question. I mean, our lives is full of routines. Wake up-eat-everything in between-sleep- repeat. I know I’ve talked a lot about exploring, opening up to more opportunities, and changing some bits of my routine and i’m glad I’m making progress with it.
One benefit of enjoying routine that I love is that it supports discipline! You’re able to commit to whatever it is you’re doing and actually finish and see to its success. This makes you some kind of reliable. Like, anyone could trust you to do certain things and finish them up cos you’ve shown how dependable you could be,in following routine and getting stuffs done judiciously.
However, trying something new opens you up to new things and having you enjoy those new things. Like trying out new meals, new places, pathways, etc. you just never can tell how inlove you may fall with those adventures. But that’s the point…You never can tell! Uncertainty. Fear of the unknown. That’s what gets us stuck most often.
Its almost impossible to tell the outcome of your new adventure and so it becomes safer to stick to the things you’re already familiar with. But come to think of it, majority of the things we fear, never really come to pass. And so, we kill that anticipation. That eagerness of expecting things that happen when we try something new.
Doing this however, requires great courage. Being willing to kill those fears and taking that leap, braving up to confront that intimidation, and facing whatever ordeal there is. Courage in itself is a life benefit and Life on its own requires somuch courage, mental strength and perseverance to live.
I also found that trying something new helps you fight boredom. We could become bored with routines. Doing the same things everyday, over and over and then over again. But when we take up new challenges, we’re able to eagerly anticipate, and force ourselves to change positions. Which in turn helps us to grow.
The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. ~ Lao Tzu.
Emphatically, trying something new is a way of growth. We never grow by repeating same actions everyday. The point where you are now, the actions you took before, brought you this much growth. And so, to further grow, you need to take new actions. It could be in form of a new way of thinking, adopting a new lifestyle to suit where you want to be, etc. Your new idea may be better than the one you had before. Most times, it is!
The thing I enjoy most about trying something new is that: We live with many delusions. Sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish between beliefs that are true and those that aren’t. For example, you may believe that people from the eastern part of a certain region, are cannibals. They feed on human flesh. Not because you know, but because you were told so. Perhaps a visit to that place may prove otherwise because you may be surprised at their hospitality.
Sometimes even the things we believe about ourselves may not be true. We do believe them because that’s what we were told, growing up. How about challenging your own beliefs? Perhaps you have been told that you cannot jump higher than 2 feet because your great grand Dad could not and so it runs through generations. Challenging yourself to your own beliefs will tell you what to believe or not.
Intrinsically, I’m interested in the self–improvement/personal development that trying new things offer. And so, this is me opening up to more opportunities ( Just incase you have some for me. Hehe) seriously! And also as a gentle reminder to myself, in the spirit of growth!
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. ~ Benjamin Franklin.
Hey. Permit me to ask, When last did you try something new?