Are You Afraid to Try Something New?

"Trying is the first step towards failure."-Homer Simpson

People try new things all the time. Even with obvious risk, people try new things. We are eager to try the latest craze no matter the risk. We want to show our courage and ability to face fear. Yet, when it comes to trying something new that will benefit us, a large majority of people expose their true fear: failure.

Think about many people do you know that have tried smoking? (Risks include cancer, birth defects, etc...) Then, think about how many people would try eliminating grains from their diet? (Benefits include almost anything you could think of) Why would people be eager to try something with absolutely zero benefit to it and laugh at the thought of anybody in their right mind doing something that will get you results you want? Here are a few reasons...

1. Social perception

Too many of us are consumed with fitting in with those around us. Another term for fitting in is “being average.” If you want extraordinary results, you can not limit yourself to average things.

2. Comfortable with their situation

We each have our comfort zones, which are very hard to leave. Usually, the reason we can not reach our goals and that which we desire is because we are too busy staying comfortable. In order to grow in any area of your life, you have to push past your level of comfort, then recover.

3. No support

If the people you are spending your time with people who are encouraging you to stay comfortable, you will probably remain in your current situation. You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Surround yourself with people you admire.

Trying new things promotes failure, which is usually not fun. However, we can learn great things from failure. I tried out for many AAU teams when I was in middle school and high school, and year after year got cut. I was able to learn what my weaknesses were and what I needed to correct. The bad part is, it took me too long to face my fears and change my habits. But once I did, it was worth it. I finally made an AAU team the summer before my senior year in high school. Leaving my comfort zone was definitely worth the results.