Ever fancied learning the guitar, a new language, or Latin American dancing? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to try golf or you’d like to learn how to cook Indian food?
Whatever your interest and whatever your age, learning something new is not only fun, it can also be good for you.
Research shows there are several ways to improve the health of your brain, and learning something new is one of them. ‘Mental sweat’ helps your brain build new cells and strengthen connections between the cells.
When you learn something new, you are exercising your brain which improves cognitive functions such as concentration, attention to detail, memory recall and problem-solving. Combined, these help to reduce the chance of developing dementia.
Below are some more benefits to be gained from learning something new:
1 Reduces stress *
A new hobby can be a great stress reliever. It helps us break out of our normal mundane routine and stretches the muscles in our brain.
2 Builds relationships *
It’s common for a person to talk about something that they are actively learning. Who doesn’t want to be known for being an interesting conversationalist?
3 Enhances your quality of life *
Learning provides you with an escape when you need it, knowledge when you seek it, and a great and satisfying pastime.
* Information source: Heather Bahorich. You can view Heather’s complete post here: Lifelong Learners.
I enjoyed reading Heather’s post, and I totally agree with her on the above 3 points, but I’d really like to add another important thing to consider.
Learning something new also:
4 Gives you a real confidence boost!
And it is this I really want to talk about.
Recently, I decided to it would be good for me to learn video recording skills. I figured it might just come in useful blogging. Mind I didn’t have a clue where to begin, but that’s where YouTube and Google come in handy.
Armed with a notepad and pen, I started to research this particular subject online, and slowly my confidence began to increase.
Right now I’m feeling really excited about making progress. But I have to be honest, I had all sorts of questions and doubts to begin with—all of which held me back from starting sooner.
Questions and doubts stem from lack of knowledge. I think we’ve all been there at some time—wanting to start something new, but ‘fear of the unknown’ holds us back!
“The only way we can overcome fear of the unknown is to make known what we don’t know.”—Eating Elephants
And making known what we don’t know means asking questions, study and research.
So this past week, I’ve been doing a lot of the aforementioned. “Knowledge is power,” as the saying goes, and I believe there is an element of truth in this. I don’t feel apprehensive going forward because I have empowered myself with the information I lacked previously and this has given me a real confidence boost!
My advice to anyone holding back from learning a new skill—perhaps because you are afraid or unsure where to begin—would be:
Find out as much as you can about what you need to learn to achieve your goal, and then equipped with this knowledge, start to progress… slowly.
If ever Whenever you feel overwhelmed and think the task is too great, remember what Desmond Tutu once said:
“There is only one way to eat an elephant:
One bite at a time.“–Desmond Tutu
Of course, things won’t happen overnight, but once you begin, you will feel energized to continue onto the next step.
This past week…
I discovered how to create a screen recording! It’s far from perfect but with some more practice I’ll get better.
It’s like Joyce Meyer once said:
“I may not be where I need to be, but I thank God I’m not where I used to be.”–Joyce Meyer
If you like, you can take a look by clicking the button below ⤵
The video demonstrates white balance correction. It may be of interest if you are a photographer and use Lightroom.
You can also view the before and after image using the slider image below.
I hope you have been encouraged by this post to try something new. It’s such a confidence builder—honestly. And if I can learn new things in my mid-50’s, then so can you.
What are you waiting for?
“Start small. Every goal can be broken down into smaller steps. Commit to just one small step on the path and you’re on your way to success.”–LifeCoachHub
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