Paulo Coehlo said, "If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal." Are all things new happening in your life, or the same old routine each day? Biologically, our minds wire all of the activities that we do so that we habitually become more used to what we do.
If everyday at 12:00pm you go to eat lunch, the one day you need to work through noon will be the one day your stomach decides to break dance and make sounds more similar to a whale mating call.
You ever notice how difficult change is? Even if the task or substance you are used to doing itself isn't addictive, the HABIT is. When you go to your local Chinese food restaurant and decide that you want the Singapore Chow Mei Fun, and do it each time, you may find it unusually difficult to order the General Tso's Chicken instead.
But what if you could re-wire the brain to actively seek all things new?
Naturally, our behavior tries to pattern itself to make the tasks we do easier. This makes it so that we don't need to waste mental energy on new tasks all the time.
If you had to relearn how to write every time you picked up a pencil, not only be writing be highly inefficient, it'd be near impossible. That's how the mind works, by building on neural pathways to make tasks that are initially difficult more simple as you do them more often.
This goes for bad habits too; if you come home from work, grab a donut, and sit in front of the TV everyday, that will become patterned behavior. This may lead people to judge you on your past in order to dictate your future, because people's actions are often habit based.
But habit DOES NOT account for willpower; if you want to change, and you have the necessary discipline to change, YOU WILL CHANGE.
Note that wanting it is not enough, but wanting it is the first step; if you don't want it, or are trying to change a habit because someone else wants it, you'll find ways around changing the actual habit, and the mind is very creative when it comes to finding ways around things.
Perhaps Linkin Park won't motivate you to change anymore than you've already decided, but I'd like to point out one critical point: one of the keys phrases that comes up in these song lyrics is I don't know.
Knowing is half the battle; you must know what, and who, you're trying new things for to get the most out of each new experience. The first step of rewiring your brain for new things, for success and adventure, is knowing what you want. Then, you'll feel the true beauty that comes with opening yourself up.
Finding new tasks to do opens up your mind to new tasks, new ideas, and new people. If you want to be more sociable, get up and talk to people.You can practice by rehearsing at home in the mirror or with a relative.
That might sound, ridiculous, but it's no more ridiculous than missing a great employment or networking opportunity simply because you weren't ready to open up and talk to new people.
And try new things daily. You like coffee? That's fantastic, but try some tea today. Had some tea? Love it? That's great, try something different, or a new tea. Hate it? Even more reason to try something different.
You may never know that you secretly love chai teas because all of your friends encourage you to get the pumpkin spice latte. So try ordering a new dish, taking a new route, and look to try at least one new thing a week.
What new things are you willing to try? In a quest for success and adventure, sometimes you have to try all things new, and experience life in a whole new light. If you have a new thing you'd like to share with other readers, post it below!
Just deciding do one new thing once a day/week/month will encourage you to explore many things that you once ignored. So what new things will you try?
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