Episode #157 Try Something New

Although seasons pass and years change, many of us are perpetually bored by our day-to-day lives. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Tyler Schwanz inspire us to demonstrate the courage to keep things fresh until we breathe our last breath.

Show Notes

Do I want to get to the 80th year of my life having lived 80 years in repetition, the same year over and over and over? Or do I want to live 80 different years? I tend to believe that I can live a lot of different lifetimes within my one lifetime.
Dr. Tyler Schwanz

Five Problems

  • A failure to engage in recreational activities is detrimental not only to the personal dimension of life but to the relational dimension as well.
  • Trying something new is, unfortunately, often restricted to childhood.
  • We tend to avoid new experiences due to a fear of failure.
  • As human beings, we are conditioned to pursue order over originality.
  • We will never stumble our way into an extraordinary life.

Five Principles

  • Participating in new hobbies is an effective way to meet new people and cultivate new friendships.
  • Although it is easier to learn new skills at a young age, we can never be too old to try something for the very first time.
  • Trying something new may involve some pain, but it is a worthwhile pain that we will not soon regret.
  • Every friend we have ever had was once a stranger.
  • Learning new things on a regular basis improves our mental sharpness, memory capacity, and perhaps even our physical longevity.

Three Practices

  • Surround yourself with people who will encourage you to try new things rather than people who make you feel judged or embarrassed.
  • Make a new recipe every week, visit a new restaurant every month, and try a new food every year.
  • Consider how to inject some fun and variety into even the mundane and monotonous parts of your job.