_By Shannon Pulusan_
We know our routines and habits from the inside out. For some, it takes only 15 minutes to get ready and out the door. Others read titles off the best-seller lists because they trust popular judgment. And we all order our respective “usuals” at our favorite restaurants. But because we know what to expect from these familiar gestures, we tend to be weary of trying new things and end up playing it safe with new experiences.
With the New Year, consider venturing out of your comfort zone by taking a chance with something new. Forget the “What if’s” and the “I’m not cut out for this” excuses and be open-minded to new opportunities. Go beyond online wish lists and pinned boards of DIY projects you never get the chance to complete. Make 2014 the year you tackle your never ending queue of things to do.
Here is some advice to inspire those bound by habits and routines to go after something new:
• Courage. Trying something new is easier said than done. It takes courage to play a new sport with the fear you might embarrass yourself. It’s especially nerve-wracking to find yourself outside of your niche, unaware of what to expect. But finding the courage to overcome those fears can benefit you with new opportunities you would’ve never imagined for yourself.
• New Circle. Taking on a new hobby may lead to a new circle of friends and acquaintances. This new company can ease you into your adventure at trying something new by sharing the experience with you.
• Time. With hectic schedules, time is always something we must manage well in order to accomplish anything. Instead of letting the demands of your agenda drown your opportunities, make the effort to try now. Waiting for a better time is an excuse that will only delay your chances until it’s far too late.
• Less bored. Sticking to the same things may be a comfort but can also get a little boring. New experiences will lead to new stories, new attitudes and new adventures.
• Growth. You will never know what you’re capable of until you try. Whether it’s a new craft or dining at a new food joint, trying something new will put what you know to the test and allow you to experience something beyond the usual. You may end up liking an exotic dish more than you expected or you may be a natural at weaving. Other times some things might not be a good fit for you, but at least you could say you tried.
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