One of the best ways to learn is through experience. Yes, you can learn much from others, and from books and classes, but until you actually do it you haven’t really experienced it. You cannot say you fully understand what the experience is like. Experience can’t be taught. It has to be lived. The only way to obtain experience is to try it.
The problem is that trying isn’t always a comfortable thing to do. Fear can get in the way. We might not want to make a fool of ourselves or embarrass ourselves in front of others. But trying is the only way to know if you like it or are good at it. I go to a workout center that has a new exercise using Hula-Hoops – that round tubular apparatus that was a popular child’s toy years ago. The new twist is that is it weighted. To use the hoop, one must go in the center of the workout stations, which means using the hoop in full view of everyone. It was interesting to notice that most people would not try it. After thinking about it during my workout, I figured why not, what do I have to lose? So I went for it, and didn’t do any better with the hoop than I did when I was a kid. But that was it. Nothing bad happened. I simply had a new experience.
The next time I went to the center I found a Hula-Hoop mentor. While I was working out, a woman stepped in the center of the room and spun the Hula-Hoop around her hips for a full 30 seconds. When it came to my turn I asked if she would help me learn how to do it. She was thrilled to assist and gave me several pointers. I wish I could report that I am now a champion Hula-Hoop spinner, but I am not. That is the other thing about trying new activities. Don’t be impatient with yourself. Anything new takes time to learn. Don’t expert to be an expert with just a few tries.
There are so many new and wonderful experiences out in the world just waiting for you to take a try. Unfortunately, fear can get in the way of trying new things. Don’t let it. Everyone has to start somewhere, and the beginning is a good place to start. Just do your best and see if you like it. If you do you can always get someone to help you. Experts advise that if you want to learn how to do something, find someone who is good at whatever it is, and learn from them.
Trying is the gateway to new experiences and adventure.
Are you ready to try something new?
This week challenge yourself to try something new. Maybe it is a new food, a new way to work, or a new leisure activity. What you try isn’t as important as the act of trying. New experiences keep you fresh and alert and learning new things. So go ahead, give it a try!
Daily Success Formula
Trying + Experience = Fun new adventure
“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.” Vernon Law
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.” Anonymous