Are you generally afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone? Does the thought of failing scare you? In this article, we’re gonna talk about why you need to start trying out new things and how to get over that fear.
Everyone Is Scared Like You
Okay so the first thing you have to recognise is – everyone is just as afraid as you. People tend to prefer doing what they’re good at and have experience in. They also like to avoid what they haven’t done before or suck at. In fact, it’s pretty natural.
This is an evolutionary function: it’s to keep you safe from threats and risks. Now for things that obviously are dangerous, it’s fair. But for things that aren’t life threatening, it can drag you down. It gets in your head and is fuelled by ignorance.
So what do you do? Just go for it! The best way to cure fear is to face it. And by simply trying out something new, you are deviating from the usual tendency. And I think that alone deserves a good pat on the back!
You Might Find What You Love!
Where do I go from here? What career is best for me? Am I going in the wrong direction?
If this sounds like you, then you need to start exploring all your options!
Venturing into different avenues might lead you to that one thing that you love. And that’s definitely worth all the trouble and insecurities.
You Might Find What You Hate Or Suck At
Now this sounds silly, doesn’t it? Why in the world would you want to know about what you suck at? Well, the answer is this – it’ll give you a sense of relief.
In life, a lot of times the ‘what if’ questions run amok in our minds: What if I become a good writer? What if that business idea takes off? What if I’m a crazy-good musician?
Well, here’s your answer: You might be right! But as the old adage goes, ‘You won’t know unless you try’. And yes, once you get to know the activities better, you might find that the craze you once had dies down. Maybe it wasn’t all that you envisioned it to be. And that’s a good thing! No more mental anguish from uncertainty but freedom to move onto something else.
It’s Good For Your Brain!
According to research from Shots (NPR‘s Science Desk online), learning a new skill can “strengthen entire networks in the brain”. Picking up a new hobby can improve your memory by a significant amount! Doing so can also help fight dementia. Isn’t that reason enough to start learning a new instrument or computer program?