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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 The standard is monotonous and outdated.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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Published on May 11, 2021

20 Best Books on Personal Development

20 Best Books on Personal Development

Let’s face it—transformation isn’t always easy. Getting from where you are to where you want to be in life requires a lot of personal growth and development. It can require everything from letting go of old beliefs to speaking up for yourself and setting boundaries to even recognizing your own unmet needs. These aren’t exactly skills we’re taught in school, so it can be incredibly overwhelming to even know where to start.

A few decades ago, most personal development information was locked behind thousand-dollar seminars and coaching programs. Fortunately, the industry has absolutely exploded in the last decade, and a large part of that is driven by books. For under $15 or with a library card, we now have access to priceless wisdom from some of the most brilliant minds and best books on personal development.

By reading the words of experts in the field, we literally can think their thoughts and benefit from decades of experience to improve our own lives. So, how do you get started?

Here are the 20 best books on personal development that can completely transform your life.

(Links are listed for accessibility, but remember to check your local library to see if these books are available for free. And don’t forget to support your local bookstore, if possible.)

1. The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

    Celebrated by everyone from Martin Scorsese to Elizabeth Gilbert, The Artist’s Way has been one of the most important books for artists and non-artists alike for decades. It guides you through a 12-week process of morning journaling and self-dates to unlock all of your blocks to creativity and intuition and live a life that feels like you.

    Whether you are an artist or not, this is an insightful book that will bring so much clarity to what you really want out of life and why you’ve been holding yourself back.

    Get the book here!

    2. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

      Researcher and storyteller Brené Brown has been a leader in studying vulnerability. In The Gifts of Imperfection, she shares research and encouragement that helps you release the definition of who you think you’re supposed to be to become who you actually already are.

      Brené encourages you to let go of shame, open up to vulnerability, and live a more authentic life. This is an inspiring and important book for anyone struggling with the shame of being radically yourself.

      Get the book here!

      3. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

        In Start with Why, author and TED speaker Simon Sinek shares the secret that united Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers—they all started with “why.” They realized that people won’t truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the “why” behind it.

        While this book is primarily focused on work or business, Start with Why makes a compelling case for the power behind a strong motivation that people can get behind and how it can inspire more innovation and support.

        Get the book here!

        4. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

          For decades, psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has famously studied the concept of “flow”—the highly-focused psychological state that Olympic athletes, great artists, and brilliant scientists all find themselves in at moments of groundbreaking success.

          By breaking down decades of research into bite-sized actions, Flow reveals the process to create this state for yourself and get “in the zone” to achieve your optimal potential.

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          Get the book here!

          5. The HeartMath Solution: The Institute of HeartMath’s Revolutionary Program for Engaging the Power of the Heart’s Intelligence by Doc Lew Childre and Howard Martin

            Touted by Deepak Chopra as the book that “saves you years of therapy,” The HeartMath Solution pulls together decades of Institute of HeartMath research on how to be less stressed and make better decisions, making it one of the best books on personal development.

            This practical, easy read will change the way you view the relationship between your head and heart. The techniques in the book are incredibly simple and can help you calm down from some of the stressful moments in a matter of seconds to tap back into your best decision-making.

            Get the book here!

            6. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller

              If you’re overwhelmed by too many things to do and never seem to accomplish the stuff that really matters to you, then this is an invaluable book. The ONE Thing argues that until your most important task is completed, everything else is a distraction that diffuses your energy and makes you frantic.

              This book helps you focus on what you really care about and want to accomplish and then, organize your life around accomplishing the “one thing” before moving on to something else. This is one of the best books for personal development, especially for anyone who’s struggling with overwhelm and productivity.

              Get the book here!

              7. Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie

                Codependent No More has been an international bestseller for more than 30 years, and the reason is that we all struggle with codependency somewhere in our lives.

                Whether it looks like addiction, people-pleasing, taking care of everyone around you, or just not giving yourself enough self-care, this book unpacks the roots of codependency and helps you break free once-and-for-all.

                This is an important book for anyone having challenges in friendships or relationships or struggling with people-pleasing or addiction.

                Get the book here!

                8. The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday

                  Presenting ancient Stoic wisdom to a modern audience, The Obstacle Is the Way shows you how to turn your obstacles and challenges into massive opportunities.

                  Ryan Holiday draws from the same ancient philosophy that empowered John D. Rockefeller, Amelia Earhart, and Steve Jobs to succeed and breaks down the essential formula for not running away from obstacles but actually running toward them.

                  This is a really empowering book for anyone struggling with obstacles to get what they want.

                  Get the book here!

                  9. Real Help: An Honest Guide to Self-Improvement by Ayodeji Awosika

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                    Real Help isn’t your usual self-help book. Wildly popular Medium writer Ayodeji Awosika takes a no-BS, tough-love approach to developing mental toughness, finding clarity, and taking action to transform your life.

                    This is a great book if you’ve read dozens of self-help or personal development books but haven’t taken action to change your life. Real Help gets right to the point and gives you actionable steps to start implementing change right away.

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                    10. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

                      Year of Yes is a deeply personal and honest account of how the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal Shonda Rhimes started saying yes to everything that scared her.

                      This inspiring and raw memoir makes you reflect on what you’ve been avoiding or making excuses for out of fear and what would really happen if you started saying yes to all the stuff that terrifies you. It’s a relatable, casual, easy read, and is great for anyone who needs a little inspiration to start saying yes to life.

                      Get the book here!

                      11. The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks

                        Psychologist Gay Hendricks unpacks why we all seem to self-sabotage when we’re so close to success and what it will take to leap to a life where you’re in your “Zone of Genius.”

                        In this highly motivating book on personal development, you’ll walk step by step on how to “go beyond your internal limits, release outdated fears, and learn a whole new set of powerful skills and habits to liberate your authentic greatness.”

                        Get the book here!

                        12. Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior (5.2.1985) by David R. Hawkins

                          Hailed by Mother Teresa, Lee Iacocca, and Sam Walton, Power vs. Force combines spirituality and cutting-edge research to help you understand your emotions and level of consciousness.

                          In this seminal work, David Hawkins explains how to get a yes or no answer to any question you ask and how to understand what you’re feeling and why so that you can begin to change your life and the world around you.

                          While it’s not exactly a light beach read, this book is really eye-opening for those wanting to explore spirituality as part of their personal development.

                          Get the book here!

                          13. What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

                            Personal development as we know it would not be the same without Oprah Winfrey. For 14 years, Oprah shared her greatest wisdom in a monthly column for O, The Oprah Magazine called “What I Know for Sure.” This book collects all of those essays—a lifetime of Oprah’s greatest experiences and lessons—into a comprehensive work.

                            What I Know for Sure is honest, thoughtful, and deeply inspiring. This is a powerful book for devout Oprah Winfrey fans and soon-to-be fans alike.

                            Get the book here!

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                            14. Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins

                              In this memoir, Navy SEAL David Goggins recounts his own life story from poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse to becoming one of the world’s top endurance athletes and military icon through pure will.

                              Can’t Hurt Me will inspire you to stretch and persevere to defy even the most improbably odds and realize that when you think you’re completely tapped out, you’ve only tapped into 40% of your capabilities—and there’s still so much more you can do.

                              It’s an inspiring, tough love book that will motivate you to take action toward your dreams.

                              Get the book here!

                              15. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

                                In The Happiness Project, writer Gretchen Rubin documents her entire year of testing out research, classical philosophy, and common wisdom to find out what makes her truly happy.

                                This casual and accessibly written book inspires you to design your own happiness project to transform each area of your life as you follow Gretchen’s journey and contemplate research on happiness.

                                If you’re looking for an inspiring structure to change every aspect of your life, The Happiness Project is an easy read that can inspire you to experiment with what makes you happy.

                                Get the book here!

                                16. Unlimited Power: The New Science Of Personal Achievement by Tony Robbins

                                  The name Tony Robbins has been synonymous with personal development. In Unlimited Power, he reveals the exact techniques he has used to help Olympic athletes, movie stars, and heads of state to harness their own untapped power.

                                  This book breaks down complicated neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) techniques into simple visualizations that anyone can learn in literally minutes to start to change the way your mind processes information. If you’re looking to change your thinking or step into more confidence, this is an important book to not overlook.

                                  Get the book here!

                                  17. The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor

                                    In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor flips conventional wisdom on its head. It’s not that we’ll be happy when we’re successful. It’s that we’ll actually be successful when we’re happy.

                                    Shawn presents research that shows us how to rewire our brains for positivity and optimism to be happier in our lives, our careers, and even our health. He also breaks down actionable strategies to retrain our brains, build a solid support network, and spread positive change to the people around us.

                                    If you’re looking to retrain your brain for happiness and success, this is definitely a worthwhile book to consider.

                                    Get the book here!

                                    18. Energy Leadership: Transforming Your Workplace and Your Life from the Core by Bruce D. Schneider

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                                      Renowned coach Bruce D. Schneider doesn’t just tell you what energy leadership is—he shows you. In Energy Leadership, Bruce recounts the story of how he helped a client to transform his failing business by systematically changing the energy of the business.

                                      At each new level, there are specific emotions, actions, and predictable arguments. By the end of the book, you’ll be able to identify exactly which level of energy leadership every relationship, job, and friendship in your life is at and how to begin transforming it for the better.

                                      It’s an eye-opening look at why we’re stuck where we are and how we can shift ourselves and those around us to get extraordinary results.

                                      Get the book here!

                                      19. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

                                        Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert digs into her own creative process in Big Magic to unpack the mysterious and spiritual nature of inspiration. She discusses the habits needed to cultivate creativity, go after our deepest desires, and confront our fears.

                                        With a casual, poetic tone and lots of encouragement, Big Magic inspires you to find the magic inside—whether that’s to create art, start a new business, or bring more mindfulness and passion to our everyday lives.

                                        If you’re looking for more inspiration and creativity, this is an important book to reignite that fire within.

                                        Get the book here!

                                        20. Enough Already: Create Success on Your Own Terms by Mike Iamele

                                          I’d be remiss if I didn’t include my own book on this list.

                                          Enough Already is a battle cry for the success seekers who are fed up trying to achieve someone else’s definition of success. Broken up into 12 steps, the book follows a journey through the 12 aspects of creating success on your own terms with homework and challenges at the end of each chapter to implement the work into your life immediately.

                                          By the end of the book, you’ll have a completed strategic plan to step up into the world and go after even some of your biggest dreams knowing that you are enough already.

                                          Get the book here!

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          You only need one good idea to change your life, and there’s so much important wisdom and inspiration in the 20 best books on personal development listed above. You don’t have to read all of them. You just have to start.

                                          Personal development is about taking action to develop yourself personally. So, scan this list, find a book that resonates with you, and then start reading.

                                          You don’t need to measure the magnitude—just the direction. If you take one tiny step toward the life you want, every day for a year, you’ll be 365 times closer to your dreams a year from today. But you just have to start.

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