It can be scary to make a big life change or try something new. We should all be open to experiencing new things, otherwise, we will live in a very small world, a prison of our own making. For someone people when they pass there won’t be much of a change, other than they stop breathing.
In the past, every time we tried something new it was scary at first, and then it became easier. Remember when you learned to walk you fell over, tripped but you got up and you just kept going. Imagine if you gave up when you were learning to walk, you would still be sitting around today.
Here are some supportive words of wisdom you can use to encourage someone to get out of their comfort zone.
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10 things to say to someone afraid to try something new
1. Making a big life change is scary. Do you know what is even scarier? Regret.
2. Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off excellent.
3. Every accomplishment begins with the decision to try.
4. The real risk is doing nothing,
5. You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.
6. Take risks: If you win you will be happy. If you lose you will be wise.
7. In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.
8. Remember: Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
9. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
10. Great things never come from comfort zones.
Why are people afraid to try new things?
Some folks are afraid to try new things because of fear of failure, lack of confidence in their abilities or fear the of not knowing how to do something new. We all remember being judged for something that we don’t do well, like trying a new sport for the first time and playing a terrible game of badminton in front of your gym class.
Feeling uncomfortable with what you don’t know is normal, because you are stepping outside of your comfort zone.
When you step out of your comfort zone and try something new it can lead to new opportunities, skills and even friendships. You can start with small step and as your confidence builds the person will develop a stronger mindset for change.
How to support someone afraid to try new things
Supporting someone who is afraid to try new things involves providing encouragement, understanding, and patience. Here are some ways to support them:
1. Encouragement: Offer up support by giving words of encouragement when they try new something new.
2. Understanding: Listen to their concerns and fears without judgment, and try to understand the reasons behind their apprehension. People are embarrassed when they are afraid, so listen to what they are concerned about without judgement.
3. Empathy: Show empathy by sharing your own experiences of trying new things and how you overcame similar fears. Share how you have overcome some of your own personal fears and the rewards that you gained by stepping out of your comfort zone.
4. Suggest starting small: Share how taking small steps to begin with can lead to big results. By putting one foot in front of the other and taking incremental steps towards their new goal.
5. Offer up assistance: Offer to go with them as they muster up the courage to try something new. Having you there, will provide a sense of security as they get out of their comfort zone.
By offering understanding, patience, and positive reinforcement, you can help someone navigate their fear of trying new things and encourage them to step out of their comfort zone.
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Grace was afraid to try new things
Grace often found herself hesitant to try new things, as the fear of the unknown loomed large in her mind. Whether it was embarking on a new hobby, pursuing a different career path, or stepping outside her comfort zone, the prospect of unfamiliar experiences filled her with apprehension. This fear of trying new things held her back from fully embracing opportunities for growth and personal development, leaving her feeling stuck and unfulfilled.
Grace gradually realized that her fear of trying new things was limiting her potential for growth and enrichment. With a newfound determination, she made a conscious effort to confront her fears and take small steps toward trying new experiences.
By setting achievable goals, seeking support from friends or mentors, and acknowledging her progress along the way, Grace began to overcome her apprehension. As she ventured into new territories, she discovered a sense of empowerment and resilience, finding that the rewards of trying new things far outweighed the initial fears that had held her back.
Through perseverance and a willingness to embrace the unfamiliar, Grace opened herself up to a world of possibilities, ultimately finding joy and fulfillment in the pursuit of new experiences.
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When you are dealing with someone who is afraid to try new things and you find it stressful, consider getting support from a professional. Talking to a counselor is a great way to work through a challenging situation, and help you find some strategies to work through the person’s behaviour.
Better Help is a great resource where you can talk to a counselor from the comfort of your own home.
Taking care of your own needs isn’t selfish, and you will feel better in the long run.