Get More Out Of Life: Try Something New!

Posted by on Aug 17, 2012 in Personal Development | 11 comments

When was the last time you tried something new? Variety is, indeed, the spice of life and trying new things is a great way to learn and grow and enjoy yourself doing it! Life is more interesting and more satisfying when you challenge yourself and experience new things. All you have to do is take the leap!

What I tried: Public Speaking

In the interest of writing from my experience, just this week I did something entirely new- I spoke at Ignite Fort Collins. That’s right, I got up in front of a crowd of strangers and talked for 5 whole minutes. That doesn’t really sound that scary, right? (It was a little scary! And totally fun! What an amazing experience!)

As a member of Toastmasters it’s fair to say I have some experience speaking in public, though I have thus far only completed two speeches. Two speeches- I’m practically an expert, right? Okay, maybe not an expert. But my Toastmasters club is warm and friendly, and they are hardly strangers.

Fortunately for me the Ignite Fort Collins audience was just as warm and friendly as my Toastmasters club. In fact, the audience included friends, family, and some of my fellows Toastmasters who came out to support me.

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What are you going to try? 5 Things to Try Today

I look forward to sharing video of my speech with you soon. In the meantime, I invite you try something new today.  You don’t have to speak in public to try something new. Taking a small step is always the first step getting the most out of your life. I’ve made it easy for you, here are some ideas of things to try that are sure to improve your day!

1. Strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know very well.

2. Be friendly towards someone you don’t like.

3. Smile at every person you encounter!

4. Compliment a stranger.

5. Take 15 minutes just for you!

Whatever you do, try one new thing and have fun doing it!

I love your comments! What new thing have you tried recently? What are you going to try today?

11 Comments

  1. Hello Chrysta,

    I’m big fan of trying something new everyday. I always stay ahead when it comes to face challenges, push my limits, because I believe that real life resides in being adventures not in staying at comfort zone.

    I’m very good at talking to strangers because somewhere deep inside me a voice says, ” You can’t learn everything from someone, but you can learn something from someone.” So, I always try to establish a relationship with everybody.

    My belief is real value resides in relations and connections not in money.

    I smile always even when I’m sad because my tears are not going to solve my problems, only going to give reasons to other people laugh at me. And i don’t want that happen. So, I always have those curved lines on my face.

    And I also gave some presentations in my college so I know how hard it’s to move your tongue when you have thousands of eyes staring at you. But I gave my first Presentation shivering then second with less fear but in third I was enjoying the moments. And now I’m completely okay with crowd. :)

    BTW, Awesome post. Thanks For sharing it.:)

    _Romy Singh

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Romy!

      I love trying new things- it really adds fun and excitement to my life! Trying something like speaking at Ignite was an amazing experience because even though I was nervous I felt such a wonderful sense of accomplishment in the end!

      I love your idea that you have something to learn from everyone and I agree! I like to stop and think, “what can I learn from this person?” when I meet someone new. It’s a wonderful way to relate to people.

      I, too, have more to gain from smiling than any other expression. When I smile I am more open to the world and the world is more open to me. It is more comfortable to approach someone who is smiling and smiles put everyone at ease- myself included!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing such wonderful ideas and insights! Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  2. Oh girl, I’m so jealous. That’s a fear I still have so five minutes to me would seem like an eternity. But I’m sure you were somewhat prepared being in Toastmasters because I hear they are a great group. I’ve looked into joining them but the group nearest me was a bunch of stuff shirts. I need happy go lucky people supporting me.

    Now some of the things you suggested we do, I’ve done them all. Well heck, I can totally talk to a complete stranger and I’m always smiling at people. Heck, I even make the people at the checkout counters have a good day.

    But I haven’t done anything new in a very long time. Huh, you just gave me something to think about. Darn, I need to get out more.

    Thanks for sharing and congratulations. I am jealous but oh so very happy for you. What an accomplishment.

    ~Adrienne

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Adrienne!

      Toastmasters has prepared me to speak at Ignite, though it’s my understanding most of the speakers are not experienced speakers- just everyday people with a passion they want to share! It was so much fun!

      I’m sorry to hear the Toastmasters club near you was full of stuffed shirts- I can’t see you getting along in that environment, you’re too friendly and bubbly. :)

      I’m glad to hear you regularly do all of the things I suggested- way to go! I look forward to hearing about the what new thing you try that isn’t on my list.

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  3. Hi Chrysta,

    Congratulations and I look forward to seeing the YouTube video.

    I love public speaking and it really is fun gaining confidence and developing skill in speaking publicly at my club. However, I find the greatest fun (and challenge) is when we’re invited to speak at a particular external group meeting, or outside event. This is when we truly speak in public!

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Hiten!

      It was very different speaking in front of the general public at Ignite than it is speaking in front of my Toastmasters club. In Toastmasters we all speak in meetings and this levels the playing field. Though the Ignite Fort Collins crowd was very warm and friendly, it was a greater challenge and perhaps even more fun, to speak to the general public!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  4. Congrats on doing Ignite! I did this about a year ago. It is very challenging to do the timed slide and talking thing, at least for me! It is an experience that will get you out of your comfort zone, which is always important to do.

    Congrats! Can’t wait to watch you on YouTube now!

    Jon

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Jon!

      Was your Ignite talk filmed, as well? If so I’d love to see it!

      Speaking at Ignite certainly was a challenge and a fantastic experience. I’m so glad I did it! I found the auto-timed slides to be both a benefit and a challenge- it was nice not to have to worry about staying in the time limit and progressing the slides but of course it’s also easy to get out-of-synch with the slides. In my practice I got out-of-synch a few times and practiced catching up or slowing down, as needed.

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

      • I was glad I did Ignite, definitely out of the comfort zone of the way I am used to speaking to groups. Learned from it, but was not happy with how I did.

        The lesson for me – You don’t always have to completely succeed, just keep trying new things to keep yourself engaged.

        Look forward to seeing yours!

        Jon

  5. Oh I love this message! I realize that since I’ve started working at home (a very good thing) I’ve really fallen short on my quota of trying new things. I do try and learn new things with my blog and writing all the time, but that’s not as dynamic – the scare factor just isn’t the same. Thanks for the reminder to shove myself out into the world live and in person a little more often!

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Marty!

      I, too, have found it’s all too easy to get stuck in my comfort zone and not realize I haven’t challenged myself in a while. Of course there’s benefits to relaxing and enjoying the status quo, but when I let it quo too long I find I start to feel restless.

      If you have an Ignite event near you, I do recommend looking into it! As far as new experiences go it’s a big one, with a big payoff too! What fun it was!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

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