Have you ever started doing something you like, such as playing a sport or learning an instrument and become really good at it? Have you made a circle of friends and stayed in that circle for a long time because you all know each other very well? Have you ever stuck to cooking the same meal because you know how to do it and it becomes easy for you?
It’s good for us to have these familiar things in our lives, things we love to do and things we become very good. However, it’s important that we recognise when we are doing something because we really like it, or whether it’s just because we are use to it. It is easy for us to get into habits of plotting along and not challenging ourselves to do more or try new things. Sometimes when we get use to doing the same things, anything outside of it can start to makes us feel stressed, uncomfortable, self-conscious or scared. Because we feel uncomfortable we may decide to keep doing the things we have always done.
Doing the same things all the time can sometimes start to have a negative affect on us. We can become sluggish, grumpy and even jealous of others who seem happy or excited about the new things they are doing and enjoying. To stop ourselves from becoming bored it’s important to keep an open mind to new opportunities and experiences. We have to push ourselves to get out of our comfort zones and be brave enough to try new things.
One of the most exciting things about life is that there are always new experiences to try. You will meet people who have experienced something you haven’t, and you will meet people who can introduce you to new and exciting things. The only thing stopping you from learning and experiencing more in life is your own willingness to give something a go. When I started saying yes to trying new things I was amazed at how great it made me feel!
Last year I joined an acting class because I was still scared of public speaking and thought it would be a great way for me to push myself to get over my fear! I ended up having a great time, met some really nice people and gained much more confidence with public speaking. If I hadn’t been brave enough to get out of my comfort zone and give the acting a go I never would of realised how much fun I could have getting up and talking in front of people!
So next time you hear someone talking about a new dance craze, or a new hair style, or a place to explore on the weekend, give it a go! As long as its safe and fun, you will be surprised at how great it feels to try something new and to get out of your usual routine and comfort zone! Maybe even have a chat with your friends and come up with something fun to do as a group, something none of you have done before or a place you haven’t been to yet. Life is one big adventure and the more you try and the more you do, the more you learn and the bigger and more exciting your life becomes!
Your daily Self-Love Declaration
“I am brave and courages, I love new experiences and look forward to my adventure ahead”.
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