When is the last time you tried something new?
“New” used to terrify me. I strongly disliked anything different, any change. I loved the sense (and it was truly just a sense) of control I had over what I did.
Then one day, years ago, when I was reflecting back on my accomplishments and my most fun and exciting memories from the year I realized that they all involved something new that I tried.
Once I made this connection It was like my eyes opened to a whole new world of possibilities.
By no means am I an “expert” here ... I still like to think that I am in control, and being in control in part means feeling comfortable, and feeling comfortable typically equates to not doing new things.
It does get easier though. It’s like a muscle. The first few times you work it, really work it, it is uncomfortable. You may be sore for a couple days, but the more you use it the better and stronger it becomes. The easier it is to use and push.
So now, I love to try new restaurants, I’m no longer adverse to trying new foods, and I love to stay at new resorts when my family vacations (keep in mind, they are usually at the same destination, but still ... baby steps).
And so with all this practice in “little” things, trying new things in my business are now a breeze. I’m able to move forward confidently with new ideas, in part, because I’ve learned to trust myself. I know that if I try something new and it doesn’t work or it doesn’t fit, that I can change it. I can fix it. No harm, no foul. The best thing about it is that even if my something “new” doesn’t work out, I don’t end up going back to the old way, because trying something new usually leads me to a better way that I never would have thought of in the first place.