How often do you try something new? When was the last time you tried something for the first time? …. I’ll give you a minute to think …. Can’t remember?
Why is it that the experiences we most crave, the ones at the top of our bucket list, are the things we put off trying?
What would you do if you knew you had limited time left on this earth? Would you do some of the things on your “Bucket List”?
Remember these song lyrics from Nickelback’s hit, “If today was your last day”
My best friend gave me the best advice
He said today’s a gift and not a given right
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less travelled by
That first step you take is the longest ride
If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every time you’re asked?
If today was your last day
If you know this song, were you singing along in your head? Every time I read these lyrics, I can hear lead singer Chad Kroeger’s gravelly voice belting out the tune.
Sadly, I’ve lost a few people who were very close to me, including my beloved Dad and my beautiful Mum. Their loss reminds me that life is indeed short and that we have very little time to do all the things we want to do.
Some of the things I’ve learned …
- There is only now, only today – there’s no promise of tomorrow
- Don’t wait for the time to be right – or you’ll never get started
- Just start now
One thing is for sure – I don’t intend to leave this earth regretting the things I haven’t done. I don’t want to just pay my bills and die – I want to truly live and love life! 🙂
Every now and then I try something new. Most of the time, it ends well, and sometimes I suck at new things, but it’s always great to give them a try anyway. Some of the things I’ve recently done include:
- Learning to cook authentic Italian food (yes, the Italian obsession continues!)
- Teaching my daughter to drive (more grey hair, but eventual independence for her and no more taxi driving)
- Learning to be a coach and leader at Weight Watchers
- Trying to learn Zumba – hilarious!
- Indoor skydiving
- Learning basic Italian so I can converse with the locals on our next visit 🙂
- Playing lawn bowls – much harder than it looks, and I was terrible at it!
- Public speaking – gulp!
- Doing a course on LinkedIn to expand business opportunities
Here are 7 reasons why we should all try something new:
1. To break out of our routine and the humdrum of everyday life
Don’t complain about being bored or being in a rut, find something new to do and mix up your routine. If we don’t try new things, we can often become stale and it can lead to a further resistance to new things in the future. Sometimes we need to take a big deep breath and just jump – the results can be surprising.
2. To feel the excitement – or is it fear?
Can you remember how it feels to get that rush of adrenaline and excitement that comes with stepping outside your comfort zone? Cast your mind back and remember how great it felt. You wanna feel that rush again, don’t you? Most times, once you’ve done it, you wonder why it took you so long to get around to it.
3. To expand our skill set
Imagine the benefits of learning a new skill – you gain confidence and it may even help you improve your job prospects, business opportunities or you may meet some new friends. I’ve discovered hidden talents when I’ve had the courage to try new things too.
4. To take action
Once you get started with doing something new, it often helps you gain momentum in other areas of your life, giving you a wonderful flow on effect. Who knows what amazing things can happen …
5. To have a breakthrough
It feels so great to push past the awkward and uncomfortable stage to gain new confidence, which then facilitates you doing more and becoming the best possible version of you. Sometimes, this can be all you need to achieve a breakthrough in other areas too.
6. To discover your life purpose
Doing new things can help move you towards your goals and perhaps discover your life purpose. Often, if you’re doing something you enjoy, you’ll connect with others who enjoy the same things and forge new friendships, and possibly even a partnership. If you’re not sure on your life purpose, trying something may help lead you in a new direction, where you may realise exactly what your purpose is.
7. To be well placed to seize each opportunity
If you don’t try something new, who knows what opportunities you’ll be missing? Maybe that ideal job, perfect partner or goldmine business idea is connected to this new thing you’re about to try. What if you don’t try it? What could you be missing out on?
So, now’s the time to make a list of at least 5 new things you’d like to try – and then go do them. Mix it up a little and put some fun things and serious things on your list. For example, maybe you want to try zip lining, bungee jumping or learn to paint for fun, or run a marathon for fitness, but you’d also like to learn a new computer software program that will enhance your skill set and perhaps your job prospects too?
If it feels too scary to try something new, find a buddy who is willing to come along for the ride. It’s often easier when you’ve got a friend for support, or perhaps they’ve done it before and can mentor you or you can help them in some way. Enjoy! 🙂
Want to share what’s on your list of new things to try? Please let me know in the comments box below.
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