This past week was filled with trying something new almost every day. As a child, change was easy to me. I lived in 12 different homes (with my parents) before I was in 7th grade. In 2nd grade I went to three different schools. This week I had to reflect on the question "Is trying something new the same as change?". I love using Chat GPT for these type of questions. Yes, trying something new is related to change but not the same.
When you try something new, you are introducing a change in your behavior, routine, or experience. So, trying something new is a specific type of change. It typically involves deliberately seeking a different experience, experimenting with new ideas or activities, or stepping outside your comfort zone to explore uncharted territory. While trying something new is a form of change, not all changes involve trying something new. Some changes may occur naturally or as a result of external factors, and they might not necessarily involve the deliberate choice to do something different. -ChatGPT
After doing multiple things that were new to me this week, here are three recommendations to encourage you to try something new.
GET OUT OF COMFORT
I have to admit, I was very anxious over the things that I had said "Yes" to that would take me out of my comfort zone. After leading 45 businesses through a daytime trick or treat experience which I had never attended, I felt more confident about event planning than I would have if I had stayed in my comfort zone.
MEET NEW PEOPLE
Typically when you try something new you experience people that you might not otherwise have met. This week when I sponsored the lunch & learn at a local chamber, I was unsure my business was big enough to be sponsoring it. I couldn't believe how supportive people were and I realized I would have never have met these people if I hadn't tried something new.
EXPERIENCE A NEW ENVIRONMENT
I have taken on a few hours a week to go into a manufacturing facility to do a service. I was so glad they didn't tell me where I was being assigned because I may not have done it. I am putting on safety glasses, earplugs and steel toe shoes and walking the manufacturing floor. This week I was on my own to perform the service. All of my senses were impacted by this new experience. It gave me encouragement about how many more new experiences I am able to do when I let myself try something new.
What is something new you tried this week?
Thanks for reading!
Written by Faith