How to easily overcome the fear of trying new things?
A lot of us have some kind of hobby that we love committing to. Be it watching a football game, playing the guitar, going on hikes, most of us have something like this that stirs up our hormones.
When we try something new and enjoy it, you have spent your time on something you wouldn’t normally do, but you enjoyed it despite it being a challenge and tiring.
A person should always give more weightage to the positive emotions like when you had fun, instead of giving more weightage to thoughts like spending time or it being a challenge or it making you exhausted.
At first, when you find out that you enjoy something you never did before and try to make it a hobby or pursue it completely, you will find it difficult to allot time to your new interest and puts you off your course. A person should persevere and when he knows that he is succeeding at it, he will make a habit of it.
It can be difficult to attempt something that is minor, it can be out of your comfort zone, but you don’t know if you won’t enjoy it until you’ve tried it.
Change is the only constant, we all have heard this thought now and then from a lot of people, and for a large part of the instances, we agree with them but, are we really on agreeable terms with that thought? The question fascinates many young minds out in this strange world as some of them struggle to answer it while being abhorrent to changes as if it may bring doom for them.
Change, since ancient times, has been a tradition on our planet in almost every aspect of our existence. You move your eyes from one thing to the other and you will get a history of that same entity that would have gone through several phases of transition. The same happens to us, humans on earth also have to face changes in their lives and these changes bring something new to us and in most cases, we are freaked out by the thoughts of how dreadful the change can be for us while negating the positive aspects of the same change.
There are plenty of examples in this world which tell us that change is not always bad and new things are not always so difficult to handle as we imagine them to be. The human race has gone through several stages of evolution on earth, our definition is based on many pillars one of which is the change we are talking about so why do we have to be afraid of new things?
If we peep out of our windows, we may look at some random people and some random birds but what we don’t realize is what would have been our lives like if some of our fellow human beings didn’t evolve while others did? What would have been our lives like if the birds we see were the same as they were millions of years ago? You will get all the questions answered, stay tuned!
Why is it tough to strive for fresh experiences?
It is easy to make decisions of not performing an action with uncertainty in your mind. What if I don’t like my new trainer? What if something bad happens to me on a hike? What if I am not good enough to play football with these guys? All these questions pop up in your mind, and rightfully so. You have to keep yourself safe, and once you are safe, you must be determined to follow through with a plan previously made.
In this day and age, you may be afraid to try new things because nothing ever stays a secret if you fail, it can be uncomfortable, or you may be ashamed of yourself if you fail at it, but what really matters is if you have put in enough effort and even if you fail, persevere until you succeed at it.
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Here are a few elements which help you to overcome the fear of attempting different things:
1. Evaluate what your indecisiveness reflects:
Your hesitance to try something new might be because of how little you know about the new task. It disheartens you because you understand that this new skill you’re trying to learn takes time and you evaluate yourself and the time you can spend on it.
An unwillingness to put in the effort it takes to learn something new may reveal to you that you don’t really want to learn this new skill. You stop yourself from trying something new because you are afraid you won’t like it.
You might even be afraid that someone will see you fail at this new task, and by doing so they might ridicule you in front of others. You should assess the risks involved in what you’re trying and always be cautious but never be afraid.
So we must be clear on why we are not trying out new things. Knowing itself will help us to take a step forward.
2. Calculate how much of an advantage it is to learn this new hobby:
Before you put off something that you have always wanted to try, calculate the pros and cons of not doing it. Understand that this new habit in your life will add another dimension to your personality. Your personality’s evolution through the process of learning this new habit is a tremendous gift.
3. What besides evidence will you find out by committing to a different training?
By committing to a new training routine or a new experience, you will not only be experiencing that action but also your brain is experiencing a rush of dopamine every time you feel happy, experiencing a rush of adrenaline if you are doing an outdoor activity. You are also getting new experiences and memories. After a hard weeks’ work, you just want to do something that you love and when you try new things, you never know when you might fall in love with something, meet someone interesting, grow your friend circle.
Sometimes all a person needs in life is to try something new. This gives people a new perspective on life as well.
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4. What qualities do you learn, during the process of learning something new.
When you decide to try your hand at something new, it doesn’t matter if you are good at it or not. If you like what you’ve tried then, pursue it to the best of your capacity. This will teach you perseverance even when you are older. You need to be patient to develop the skills you desire. After patiently understanding what it takes to develop the qualities you desire, you know how much effort it takes to do what you are trying to do and will find a newfound respect for yourself.
You need to be a strong-willed person to complete whatever you start. You are bound to encounter hurdles and challenges in something you have started to learn, but if you have a strong-willed mind then you will push yourself to be determined and complete something you have started.
5. Try something new to engage yourself from becoming bored:
As we all get bored by our daily routine some interesting new stuff changes our surroundings and also changes the way we think. Engage in tiny but effective and related activities. This will spur you towards your goal.
6. Try something new that helps you to grow:
We don’t grow as people and individuals if we get sucked into a mundane life. It is true that you learn every step of your life and when you push yourself to learn new things you as an individual will grow in people’s eyes.
7. Trying something new gives you self-confidence:
There is something really rewarding in trying new things. Even if you fail at it, there are no issues but being bold and trying new things will instill and sense of self-confidence in you. Whatever you are trying to do will make you a stronger individual, and come out of it wiser than before. This will also teach you how to be satisfied with what you’ve achieved and will teach you to cherish minor successes in life.
8. You will be more interesting:
Doing new things adds flair to your personality. Even if you don’t find yourself interesting, others will. The more things you attempt, the more your personality and aura grows, making you more interesting for the people around you.
9. Maybe you find something new:
You might have tried different things in the past and never liked any of them, but it doesn’t mean you give up on trying new things altogether. Experience whatever you want to, and then say ‘NO’, since you already know it is not your cup of tea, you won’t regret passing upon it.
10. NEW BRINGS AN OPPORTUNITY
Whenever there is something new coming into your life or it has already entered, it is not ideal that we freak out and try to run away from the change that we feel or experience. One of our problems in the same topic is that while we ask the almighty to award us some opportunities so that we can grow and blossom again in our lives after a crumbling failure, we constantly ignore some of the opportunities that come our way.
We keep our focus on asking and not acting to what has been awarded to us. For example, a software engineer has a vegetating life and has decided to quit his job as it is no longer exciting to him. He wants to be a freelancer but desires to put his skills to a new concept or mechanism. He waits and prays for days and nights and has decided to step back from a hardware company job application.
Now there have been several new designs in the hardware domain for which he could design compatibility software but since he has decided to not even consider it, he has glued to the decision of letting go of such a wonderful opportunity.
It should be in the instinct of every person that once the changes occur in our lives, we are being shown an open door across which may lie numerous opportunities which are potent enough to turn our lives upside down. There are many examples in the history of mankind that tell us that no matter where we stand, in terms of success, in our lives we should try to embrace the changes that have come into effect directly or indirectly.
11. YOU ARE LEARNING
In this section, it is important to ask a question to yourself to understand the essence of the heading in a comprehensive manner. The question is – Do we stop learning at any stage of our lives? And the answer to this question – No. When we are aware of the fact that we don’t stop learning at any stage of our lives then why do we forget that the changes that we are experiencing or the paradigm shifts that we are witnessing will be anything different from it is a thought that should bamboozle us.
We are constantly spreading the word of being a learner throughout our entire journey on the earth but we forget the same words when we are being awarded a chance to learn something new by experiencing the same firsthand under changed atmosphere and circumstances. The fear, dear readers, give birth to several obstacles that hinder our learning both in practical and theoretical aspects.
The changes may have two results for us – either we sustain it and move forwards to the next change or we struggle to cope with the change and experience certain sufferings. In both of the results, if you notice, we are learning and are going to use the same learnings for battle with the next stream of changes. Hence, there is no winner or loser when it comes to handling the changes in our surroundings but there is always a learner and believe me, there are millions and billions of them.
12. YOUR PAST EXPERIENCES WILL HELP
When met with astounding changes in your life, you are not expected to do any act that may be seen as an “out of the box” solution by the world, some of the changes may require the same but the majority of the changes can be handled by a simple approach by the individual to understand and adapt to the new dynamics under the shift.
When we are in the mid-30s of our life, we already have experienced several changes in the world where some of them might have affected us directly or indirectly. We can use the learnings from these changes to face and tackle the problems faced in the new changes that we are going to experience.
When we comprehend the gravity of learning from our past experiences, we get to know that the experience holds more value than the theoretical knowledge that we can extract from various sources of texts across the globe.
13. HERD MENTALITY AND PEER PRESSURE SHOULD BE IGNORED
How often do we get to see a large number of people advocating a stream of opinion and when asked about the rationale behind it, failing to explain it? Quite a lot and the same reality is seen in the topic under consideration. Sometimes we feel afraid of the changes coming in our lives because the others of the same age, same profession, and same culture are feeling so. We start to feel that since the majority of the people in the locality are afraid of the new upcoming road project in the region, we should also be afraid of the simple logic being we live in the same locality.
What we ignore is the fact that a few shops will blossom on that same road and the livelihoods of many poor people will be ensured by the same. We tend to think that the herd mentality can be easily evaded and doesn’t detriment much of our thought process in making the decisions. The same herd mentality is seen in the handling of the changes in the society that we live in the majority of the instances.
Thinking from the lens of other people living around us is not detrimental unless we discard our thought process and rationale in due process. Remember to strike a balance or you are in for a sour treat by the chain of events about to happen.
At the end of the article, all you need to know is that changes do not equal pain. The popular opinion in society propagates the feeling that as soon as a person feels a change coming his way, the person should brace for a rough road. It is ridiculous to term any change as evil beforehand and to say that facing the same would be extremely challenging. Was the green revolution painful?
Was the space technology transition of India painful? Were the laws to conserve rainwater painful? These changes bring welfare to us and cannot be termed as anything that will make the citizens struggle in a particular phase of life yet we tend to generalize the thought that changes are struggle-inducing, to all of the changes. Explore the positive side of the challenges in the assessment of the same, do not forget the opportunities that might be coming your way through the gates of the changes that you may be afraid of currently.
Change is the only constant and we have learned this the hard way sometimes but to carry that same negative thought to every subsequent change in our life would keep us from advancing to better walks of our life therefore we are required to learn from those hard lessons and practice the learnings in our lives with extreme diligence and prudence so that the next time we are met with a change, we are not in the state of mayday!
Fear exists. However, you must take control of the command it has on your sense and soul because if you proceed to operate the exact strategy that hasn’t served you over the years your conclusion will always stay the same. You need to take a step towards your fantasy and urge yourself into new things.
Courage isn’t working without belief. Courage is working in the spirit of belief. As you want to take admission and if you don’t fill up the admission form because of fear that you don’t get admission then your answer is automatically no, but if you do send the letter then there is the possibility of getting accepted.
Always try new things, overcome your fears, and persevere until you know everything there is to know about it.
It is very important to be hardworking to try new things.
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