Doing New Things Helps Your Creativity & Life

Hummingbird Feeding on a Delicate FlowerI like to challenge myself. I like to learn – so I like to try new things and try to keep growing. – David Schwimmer

When did you last do something for the first time? I recently saw that question posted on Twitter. I retweeted it with a caption saying “good question”. I tend to be a rather adventurous, open to doing new things and enjoying new experiences. Yet the question made me realize all the ways I do things out of habit, on autopilot, because it’s what I’m used to. It made me look at all the ways I keep to my comfort zone.

If we are really going to change our lives and the world we live in we have to be willing to feel uncomfortable. Yet there is an almond shapes organ in our brain called the amygdala designed to be on the look out for situations that are unsafe based on our past experiences. The amygdala works hard to keep us safe and feeling comfortable but ends up limiting us. All this is going on at the level of the subconscious mind which is why we think we want to do this new things but for some reason we can’t consciously understand, we can’t make ourselves do them.

It helps to acknowledge the feelings of fear and discomfort that arise when we step out of the comfort zone. Rather than trying to power through or push down the feelings if we simply allow ourselves to feel them, breathe into the place in our body where the feelings arise, we can release them through our breath it. When we no longer feel fear or anxiety in our body it’s easier to make that first step forward.

Connecting to our heart can also help. The origins of the word heart comes from the French word le coeur meaning courage. Our heart will help to empower and guide us through intuition to the new things that will nourish us.

One of the assignments I give my coaching clients is to shake things up by trying new things. This helps us open us to new ways of seeing and experiencing the world which can expand our awareness of new ideas and inspiration. From this place we can come up with more creative, new solutions to difficulties we face in our lives and the world.

Play with this: Do one new thing a day for a week. Large or small. Eat something new for breakfast, go to a new restaurant for lunch, buy a pack of crayons draw the way you did as a child, wear a piece of clothing that feels out of character for you or plan to trip to somewhere you have never been. See if every time you do something new you don’t feel just a bit more expanded and alive.

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