Buck the System and Do Something Different
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When was the last time you made a conscious decision to “do something different” – something out of the norm from your usual routine? For instance, when was the last time you ordered fish instead of your usual steak at your favorite restaurant? Or chose a completely different destination for your annual winter vacation?
I don’t know about you, but it’s easy for me to get stuck in a routine, get comfortable and let that comfort keep me from trying new things or even thinking differently about the things I do every day. Before long, I’m not only comfortable, I’m stuck and possibly blind to better, more efficient or even fulfilling habits and activities.
Do Something Different – and Grow!
Changing up your routine can sound scary, but doing new or different things does amazing things to change and improve your life!
Build Your Confidence
Doing something different from your normal routine of life has a special way of helping to build your confidence. Somehow, when we go outside of the box and do something we’ve previously been afraid to try or simply unwilling to do, we learn that we’re much braver, smarter, and inventive than we might have thought we were.
When John changed up the theme here at Frugal Rules, that was a big step in doing something different. The old theme was awesome, and more importantly, it was successful. Things were going along wonderfully for the old Frugal Rules: Numbers were great, feedback was great, and reader interaction was high.
But as a staff writer I knew John had a bigger vision for Frugal Rules: A vision that required he do something different. It can be scary to take something so successful and “mess with it” and there is some truth to the old adage, “If it aint’ broke, don’t fix it.” However, often times in order to truly grow and prosper, in whatever area of life, we need to change and evolve.
John chose to do something different with Frugal Rules in order to help it evolve into an even better and more helpful site than it was before, and it’s worked! However, the process to get there was daunting and involved John being willing to do the work to create the new look with his design team and to actually hit the “publish” button on D-day, so to speak. As scary as it was, John chose to buck the system and do something different with Frugal Rules. And the change has been highly successful. However, even if it wouldn’t have been successful, he would’ve had the gift of knowing that he has the willingness to do something different.
Open Up New Opportunities
Being willing to do something different can often create opportunities that you might not have previously had. For instance, being willing to take on a new or different type of project at work can not only grant you new skills, but it can enhance your resume’ for potential future career opportunities.
Sometimes, just being willing to try new and different things regarding the foods you eat can give you the knowledge and experience you need to think about starting a food business or blog.
There are so many ways to expand and grow your knowledge and your life opportunities if you’re willing to simply do something new or differently than how you usually do it. Take the plunge today and try something new.
What was the last thing you’ve done differently, or what would you like to do differently? What type of food have you always been unwilling to try? What’s holding you back? After reading this post, are you willing to give it a shot?
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