15 Benefits of Trying New Things

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.)

It can be so easy to fall into the same boring steps day in and day out. But, as the saying goes, nothing changes if nothing changes. Yes, practice makes perfect, but what comes after you’ve mastered the skill? Achieving success is reliant upon taking leaps, learning and overcoming challenges. But what do all of these things have in common? Trying something new. Taking leaps means we’re willing to take a chance to see what’s on the other side (trying something new), learning means we have sought out ways to gain knowledge (trying something new) and overcoming challenges means we have found alternative ways to be successful (trying something new).

So, if you’re ready to change the course of your life for the future, it may be the perfect time to try something new today. Here is why:


You’ll never be bored (feeling bored can lead to poor choices like overeating and binge watching TV)

You’ll expand your knowledge.

You’ll discover your strengths and weaknesses.

You’ll meet new people.

You’ll become more marketable in the college and job search.

You’ll overcome fears and gain confidence in your abilities.

You’ll find new ways to express yourself.

Your body and mind will learn to adapt to new situations.

Mastering something new leads to a sense of accomplishment.

Your perspective on life could change for the better.

You’ll have incredible things to talk about.

You’ll become more tolerant.

You’ll develop your social skills.

You’ll never have regrets.

Even if you fail, you’ll be proud you tried.