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Thinking of trying something new?

posted by Hannah on Wednesday, 28 December 2016

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With 2016 saying farewell to so many famous people it has made so many people re-evaluate what they do and importantly what they don’t do. We see lots of enrolments from students Thinking of trying something new, whether that be creative writing for their own enjoyment or career changing or just something to set a challenge.

2016 has said goodbye to many, from actors and comedians to musicians. Starting with the sad news of David Bowie’s death in January, we’ve since had a stream of household names who have died including music legend Prince, Harry Potter star Alan Rickman, telly favourite Terry Wogan, This Morning’s Denise Robertson and Star Wars favourite Kenny Baker and most recently George Michael and Carrie Fisher. The world of entertainment has lost some if its most adored figures in 2016.

Scary -v- Exhilarating

Thinking of trying something new is scary, but you have made the first step. Doing something new is often very scary, with most of us preferring to be in the ever popular phrase of “our comfort zone” but trying something new, whether it be something “on trend” or something you have always quite liked the idea of but never got round to is exciting as well as scary, and can make you feel better, have more motivation and build self confidence.

A willingness to try

Thinking of trying something new? Go on! An example of this is Ed Balls on Strictly Come Dancing. Despite the initial scepticism about his appearance on the show, the majority of the British public have come to admire his willingness to throw himself into the whole experience. His subsequent success has demonstrated the importance of taking on new challenges. For many, the appeal of trying something new can be outweighed by the concern about making a fool of yourself, particularly if it takes you out of your comfort zone. By avoiding new experiences, you can often short-change yourself in regards to developing new skills and growing as a person.

Trying new things allows you to do several things:

Avoid regrets

The easy option is to avoid putting yourself in a situation that may challenge you or require effort. However, by denying yourself new experiences, you risk having regrets, which can be much more damaging in the long term. If you never try new things, you will never know what you could have gained from doing them.

Build self-confidence

Trying something new is also a great way to build your self-confidence. The very act of putting yourself out there is enough to change how you feel about yourself, and can then have a knock-on effect on other areas of your life, making you more open in general to new experiences.

Overcome fear

For some people, trying something new is particularly difficult. If you can make small steps towards a new experience, even if this is simply going along to an information event, you will lessen the pressure and be more likely to participate.

Learn more about yourself

Every experience you have teaches you something about yourself, even if the experience itself is not 100% positive. By studying a course or travelling to a new country, you will become more aware of your strengths, making it easier to look at what you want from your future.

Shake-off boredom

How many times have you found yourself wishing for a more exciting life? Everyone does it, as the routine of everyday life can easily cause boredom to set in. Making small changes, such as learning a new skill, can bring a fresh perspective to your life.

If you are now feeling inspired to try something new, look at some distance learning courses. Oxbridge Home Learning offers excellent qualifications with personalised, caring tutor support, and these studies may take you on a journey to a new you.