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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
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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 The standard is monotonous and outdated.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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What Is SWOT Analysis? 5 Ways It Accelerates Your Self-Improvement

What Is SWOT Analysis? 5 Ways It Accelerates Your Self-Improvement
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If I told you that there was one activity that you could do frequently that would dramatically accelerate your rate of self-improvement, would you do it?

SWOT Analysis may very well be the solution to your problems of feeling lost, unproductive, worried about the future, and the general struggle that inevitably arises on the road to personal development. It is quick to carry out, reliable in terms of changing your perspective, and effective in getting you the results that you desire.

So what exactly is this SWOT Analysis? You will find everything you need to know about it below as well as how to do it and all of the amazing benefits that it will bring to your life.

What Is SWOT Analysis?

SWOT Analysis is a business term that has steadily made its way over into the world of personal development due to its effectiveness in getting things to improve — whether that be a company or, more recently, a person.

S.W.O.T. is an anagram that stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. When assessing these four key pillars in life, it gives a very good picture of which direction you should be heading in and even highlights some of the best ways to do it.

All in all, it is a great way to reflect on past actions and to decide on the best way to move forward.

How to Do a SWOT Analysis

Carrying out a SWOT Analysis is relatively simple. The best way is to take out a pen and paper and write down four columns: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. From there, you can begin to fill out each one and apply it to whatever situation you find yourself in.

If you are considering expanding your enterprise, you might want to write down the current strengths and weaknesses of your business as well as the opportunities that you could possibly move into and the threats that you might need to minimize.

If you are an individual looking to improve yourself, you can carry out a SWOT Analysis either on the micro or macro level. A micro example would be focusing on one specific area of life. For example, you could write down your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats when it comes to dating, productivity, or changing your job.

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You can also take it to the macro level. You might simply write down your current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats across all areas of life — or simply the areas that you want to focus on for now.

SWOT Analysis is very easy to do and is excellent for the bigger picture stuff. Here is a rough template with a few questions across various areas of life that you can use for your own personal development purposes:

Strengths

What professional qualifications do I have that make me stand out from everybody else?

What do I exceed at where most people are either average or below average?

What achievements have I been awarded?

What struggles have I overcome in the past that give me hope for the future?

Weaknesses

Where do I fall short where others seem to excel?

What bad habits do I have?

What thoughts tend to hold me back?

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Opportunities

Is there any significant advancement happening or about to happen that I can take advantage of?

Is there a new position in a company that maximizes my skillset?

Is there a gap in the market that I could potentially fill?

Is there an opportunity that is low-risk (i.e. I can fail fast and decide if I want to keep pursuing it)?

Threats

What competition do I face in a certain area?

What is the most likely thing to throw me off course? Is it me?

If there was an economic downturn, would I be in a position to survive? Could I even turn it into an opportunity?

Benefits of SWOT Analysis for Self-Improvement

Now that you know what it is and how to do it, you may already start to see all of the benefits for your personal growth that can come from a SWOT Analysis. If you haven’t already started to think about how to use it in your own life, here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. It Gives You an Actionable Plan

One of the most obvious benefits of doing a SWOT Analysis is the fact that it gives you an actionable plan. It is rare for someone to actually sit down and write out their strengths and weaknesses as well as the opportunities and threats they are facing, so you will be getting well ahead.

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More importantly, taking the information from all four of these areas allows you to create an effective plan for yourself going forward — whether that be doubling down on your strengths, a plan to overcome your weaknesses, or how to leap at one of the opportunities in your life.

SWOT Analysis is designed specifically to drive actions and decisions — it is not simply a discussion exercise that you put to one side once you are finished with it.[1]

2. It Allows You to Zoom Out

Far too many people are so trapped within their day-to-day activities that they forget to see the big picture. Not being able to see the forest for the trees is one of the things that hold many people back from reaching their full potential.

SWOT Analysis allows you to take a moment of reflection, see the big picture, and then to make an informed decision about what your everyday tasks and activities are going to be, rather than the other way around.

It is important to be able to zoom out from time to time to make sure that you are on track with whatever your objectives are in each area of life. SWOT Analysis is the best way to do just that.

3. It Helps You Recognize New Aspects and Patterns

One of the unique things about SWOT Analysis is that it manages to combine different areas of your life and lets you see patterns, opportunities, and much more that you wouldn’t have otherwise seen.

An example would be the combination of your strengths and your opportunities. When you look at both of these side-by-side, you get a good idea about where the crossovers are, and, as a result, you get a clear picture of what opportunities are worth pursuing based on your strengths.

Another example would be looking at your strengths and threats next to one another. When you have a decent idea about what your strengths are in a certain situation, you can start to see how those strengths might come in handy when it comes to mitigating certain threats that you might face.

The truth is, any combination across SWOT Analysis creates a unique perspective that will be extremely useful for your own self-improvement.

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4. It Minimizes Risk

Branching out from the previous point, a SWOT Analysis is carried out to help minimize risk [2]. Although this is primarily a benefit from a company’s standpoint, it can also be helpful from an individual’s perspective as well.

On a personal level, risk can come in a variety of forms. It might be an imaginary risk that feels real, like asking your crush out or asking your boss for a raise. It might be an actual risk where you are thinking of expanding your business or entering a new market where you have little experience. Either way, seeing the threats you face as well as the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities you have allows you to go down the path that minimizes risk and maximizes gain.

5. It Can Marks Stages of Your Path

An interesting way that companies use SWOT Analysis is that they carry it out every month or every quarter in order to reset and recalibrate their destination. It can be used in a similar way by you as well. Just like there are certain times when businesses use them, there are certain times when you should use them.[3]

Every month or every couple of months, take the time to do a SWOT Analysis to see how you are progressing. What strengths have been added? What weaknesses have been discovered? What opportunities have revealed themselves or been lost? What new threats are you facing and which have been removed from the picture?

Not only will carrying out a SWOT Analysis on a frequent basis accelerate your self-improvement by helping you see where you want to go with less distraction, but it is also nice to see how things change and, hopefully, get better.

It is also worth looking back at your SWOT Analysis from the start of the year when you reach the end of the year to see how far you have come.

To Wrap Up

So there you have it. SWOT Analysis might just be the tool and technique that you have been waiting for to truly take the next step in your self-improvement journey. It is practical, easy to carry out, and effective in terms of planning your next moves.

Whether you do it on a consistent basis to ensure that you are moving in the right direction or you only do it when you feel lost, SWOT Analysis will always be right there waiting to help.

Featured photo credit: Kyle Glenn via unsplash.com

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