This week I have been challenging myself to stretch a little. It’s hard, because like many of us, I am a creature of habit.
This reminder happened while in a client meeting when I heard a colleague say, “Name in restaurant in town, and I can tell you what I am going to order before I walk in the door – even though I will stare at the menu for 20 minutes.”
That sums it up for many of us, doesn’t it? We are intrigued by change and the idea of something new, but we cling to what is familiar. The danger is trying something new off of the menu and being disappointed.
But what if it’s awesome?
On some level, trying new things makes you a risk taker. You’re willing to risk disappointment in order to have a new experience. It may start with trying a different sandwich at lunch, but it could lead to bigger decisions and bigger departures from your norm.
This week I am letting go of the ledge and swimming toward the deep end. I asked the barista at my favorite coffee shop to recommend something new for me, I didn’t order my usual at the deli, and I chose brighter colors from my wardrobe (not my usual black) even as we shift into fall.
I liked every new thing I tried. How could that be? Aren’t we supposed to be disappointed when straying from the norm? My little risks paid off.
An interesting thing happened. I started saying yes to businesses that weren’t my typical clients. Sure I’m still listening to my gut, but I’m trying new things, like writing for a professional motivational speaker and entertainer, dabbling in graphic design, and even trying to conquer my anxiety over event planning.
One day you switch up your usual at Caribou, the next day you’re taking over the world.
Commit to trying one new thing today.
What will it be?