Amy Rees Anderson

Try New Things!

“Never be afraid to try something new, because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know.”

Many of us are creatures of habit. We get into routines where we do the same things day after day and we get settled into our pattern of living our lives.  We can become so comfortable in our day to day routine that we literally stop trying new things.  We just keep doing the same things over and over.

For many years my life was like that. I worked crazy hours all day and then I came home and spent time with my kids and then put them to bed and kept working until late and then fell asleep and started over again the next day.  For most years of my life I had no choice but to stick to the pattern because I needed to support my family, so I did what I needed to do.  But after I sold my company I found myself in a situation where for the first time I didn’t need to follow the pattern anymore if I didn’t want to. At first it took a while just to be brave enough to break out of my same old pattern that I had become so comfortable with, then slowly I found myself starting to branch out and try new things. I launched a new angel capital firm, I started a charity, I built a new house, I even forced myself to not go to work every day and take more time to play with my family.  Each time I have stepped out of my comfort zone and tried new things I find my life becoming more interesting and I become more excited to try even more new things.

I think that trying new things really invigorates you and help you regain that passion for life. It is fun and exciting and it helps you feel like you are growing and progressing at a much faster pace. Even little new things can have a big impact on your passion and zest for life. Think of little things you can do or try – maybe you start taking a cooking class, or take an art class, or maybe you join a book club, or maybe you begin writing, or maybe you take a dance class, or learn a new skill. Or maybe you go even bigger and start a new company or a new product or maybe you start a new job or pursue a career change.  Big or small, any new thing you can try in life is going to help you branch out and discover more and more about yourself.

My advice today is to have courage to go out and try new things. Force yourself to break out of your everyday habits and insert something new and exciting into the mix.  Then watch and see how your passion for life will grow…making you more and more excited to try even more new things!

Have a great day!

~Amy

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