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Published on April 2, 2021

14 Reasons To Always Try New Things in Life

14 Reasons To Always Try New Things in Life

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 The standard is monotonous and outdated.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.[1] 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?

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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.

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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.

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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.[2]

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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.

Conclusion

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.

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Last Updated on April 8, 2021

11 Best Self-Improvement Classes in 2021

11 Best Self-Improvement Classes in 2021

Even during the midst of a pandemic, self-improvement is still a crucial aspect to our lives today. There are tonnes of articles that you could be reading from our site or from others. However, the articles aren’t able to provide the depth and the growth you need when compared to courses or programs.

So if you are looking to step up your own self-improvement and invest in yourself and the life you want to lead, here are some of the best self-improvement classes to consider.

But before getting to that, here is the criteria that we use to determine these courses. All of these qualities have been present in the best self-improvement classes we could find:

  • Little commitment – All these courses can be done in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace as well. Most of these courses recommend spending a few hours each week on their material.
  • Prestigious – These courses are done by recognizable institutes with good reputation on their education quality.
  • Leverage on skillset – Each of the courses focuses on one area of your life, however it also helps develop other areas of your life at the same time.

1. Lifehack Mastercourses & Free Fast-Track Classes

Lifehack isn’t just a blog but rather a hub with all kinds of resources at people’s disposal. You may already be familiar with our particular workbooks, but we also provide courses of our own.

The first set of courses are free courses that are designed to teach you about your full life skills – the Fast-Track Classes. Specifically, we’ll be focusing on skills that multiply your time, energy, and the overall quality of your life. There are four courses that are about 20 minutes long each ensuring you have the tools and resources you need to achieve your goals fast:

Our second set of courses are the courses where we help you break free of your limitations to become the best version of yourself. These courses aren’t free, but each course goes into extensive detail on everything from motivation, overcoming challenges and staying focused to improving your overall learning capabilities, controlling your emotions and mindset:

2. The Truth Seeker’s Handbook

In a world where everything can be implied, half-true or misleading, how are you able to tell whether something is actually true? How are you able to convince other people to believe in the facts presented?

There is a lot of research out there showing that the human mind is prone to making thinking errors. We fall into predictable mistakes that lead us to believe in lies that are comforting for us and that the truth is an inconvenience for us. The mistakes we make lead us to be vulnerable and we ultimately make decisions under false beliefs.

This cycle goes on to cause all kinds of pain in our lives in many ways. However, cognitive and behavioral scientists have been able to uncover and find useful strategies we can use to overcome these mental flaws.

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One such method is through the course The Truth Seeker’s Handbook. It’s a 4-week book club micro-course hosted by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky. Through these courses, members will learn how to recognize resist biases in their own thoughts and make truth-based decisions by reading Dr. Gleb’s book The Truth Seeker’s Handbook. Enroll now before the next session begins!

3. The Science Of Well-Being

Yale University has been around for over 300 years at this point and one of the most popular classes in that time span is this one: The Science of Well-Being. After all this time, Yale is providing this course to everyone for free.

In this class, Yale Psychology Professor Laurie Santos introduced this class as “Psychology and the Good Life” in spring 2018. The class was designed to help students in navigating anxiety, depression, and stress in their lives. The class at the time was so popular that roughly a quarter of Yale undergraduates enrolled in it that spring.

Going into more detail about this course, this 4-week course is designed to provide a step-by-step process for boosting happiness. The course heavily focuses on positive psychology – what misconceptions we have about happiness and what has been scientifically proven to make us happier.

Enrol in the course here.

4. Learning How To Learn

Another notable course to consider is the Learning How to Learn course. On the platform Coursera, it is one of the most popular and loved courses on the platform with nearly 2 million students enrolled since it’s been there. It’s taught by the distinguished professors Dr. Barbara Oakley and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski.

The premise of the course is what you’d expect, the goal of this course to teach you to learn more. It’ll ultimately lead to you training your brain to effectively process information and learn complicated subjects even. All of this is done through various tools and methods – from stories to goofy animations like surfing zombies, metabolic vampires and an “octopus of attention”.

Enrol in the course here.

5. Mindshift

Another course developed by Dr. Barabara Oakley is this course: Mindshift. If you’re planning to take the course Learning How To Learn, this one builds off of that popular course. Overall, it’s meant to help learners boost their career and life by shifting their mindset to a learning one.

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Dr. Oakley firmly believes that any person can train themselves to learn at any stage in life. She believes that from personal experiences but also how this course is designed. Through this course, you learn how to be seeking out mentors to learn from, how to avoid common learning pitfalls, career ruts, and the general ruts in life.

By the end of this 4-week program, you’ll have access to new tools and strategies to face any career challenge and seek better methods to surmount new learning curves.

Enrol in the course here.

6. De-Mystifying Mindfulness

Mindfulness is something that we’ve all been trying to obtain in recent years and people are noticing it. Whether we strive for this for therapy, lifestyle choice, or for other technology, many of us consider this a pastime we do in solitude at this point.

But despite the number of us practicing mindfulness, not many of us fully grasp it. De-Mystifying Mindfulness is a course designed to help people get up to speed with it through various methods. This course gathers information from various disciplines in science, social sciences and humanities to help unlock and understand mindfulness in its various forms.

This is a truly unique course as it’s rooted in experiential learning mixed with evidence base of what mindfulness can do to people. And a conceptual base of what mindfulness might actually be.

Enrol in the course here.

7. Achieving Personal And Professional Success Specialization

The best way to explain what Achieving Personal And Professional Success Specialization is. is that it’s four of the most popular courses taught by Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania wrapped into one Specialization. Through these four courses, you’ll be able to maximize your potential and be more successful in both personal and professional life. You’ll learn various techniques and exercises that this school teaches.

Going into more detail the four courses consist of these four:

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  • Success – learn about defining goals, understand how goals connect to long-term images of yourself.
  • Communication skills – tools to improve communication with others. You’ll also learn to take other people’s perspectives, where trust comes from, and build relationships.
  • Leading the Life you want – skills that allow you to lead in the four domains of life: work, home, community, and private.
  • Influence – how to develop it and become more effective in achieving organizational goals.

Enrol in the course here.

8. Think Again

Reasoning is another important aspect of life. Think Again is all about teaching you how to reason and argue well with people without raising your voice and getting flustered. It’s four short courses that explore the logic behind arguments, how we construct arguments and deconstruct them, how to identify and evaluate arguments, and what makes a good argument.

Specifically, you’ll learn about the vital rules to be following in thinking about any topic at all and common and tempting mistakes that people fall into all the time when providing reasoning.

Enrol in the course here.

9. Neuroplasticity

Amongst the scientific and psychology circles, this has become quite the buzzword: Neuroplasticity. The concept promises to rewire our brain and improve everything from health and mental wellbeing to our quality of life. Gregory Caremans teaches the concept of Neuroplasticity and how you can take action and use this to your advantage in the course Neuroplasticity. Through it, you can develop mental flexibility, change habits, stop procrastination and even alter memories.

Gregory is a psychologist with a Master’s in communication and is specialized in Neurocognitive and Behavioral Approach. And even though he comes from a complex field, his course is instructed in such a way that you can easily use this information and apply it in your daily life.

Enrol in the course here.

10. Become A SuperLearner® 2

Similar to Learning How To Learn, this Udemy course Become A SuperLearner® 2 is all about learning faster and unlocking the vast potential of your mind. This course is different though in that it focuses more on improving your ability to learn new skills, provide advanced memory techniques, long-term retention and application of information.

Another way to think about this course is that it looks into cognitive and neurological factors that make learning easier and more successful with longer retention of information.

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Enrol in the course here.

11. Get Beyond Work-Life Balance

The final course on the list is Get Beyond Work-Life Balance. As this course suggests, this is all about getting skills that help you to achieve balance and have effectiveness in both aspects of your life. This applies to both people in leadership roles and for individuals.

The course focuses a lot on the importance of inclusive leadership in creating flexible and productive work environments. Beyond this, the course provides a lot of research and real-work examples from various situations to deliver information and strategies you can apply in your life.

Enrol in the course here.

Final Thoughts

There are all kinds of courses that you can use to further enhance your life – be it personal or professional. And the beauty of personal development courses is the fact they are designed to be applied in your life more readily. You can begin to see the impact and change when applying this information from courses to real life.

As such, we encourage you to try out these courses. They could very well change your life.

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