Theme: Avoiding Risk & Trying New Things

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There’s no doubt that taking a risk or trying something new can result in so many good things – a sense of accomplishment, excitement, and confidence. At the same time, the thought of undertaking risky or new things can deliver a whole host of unwelcome feelings. We might feel a lack of control, fear failure, or worry about how we look to other people. The result can be to avoid risk in favour of safety, limiting our potential.

So how do we overcome the mental hurdles holding us back?

One thing we can do is to identify what it is exactly that is holding us back. Do we lack self-confidence? Are we putting too much stock in others’ opinions? Or, perhaps, are our perfectionist tendencies whispering in our ear that if it’s not perfect, it’s useless? Once we are able to locate the limiting beliefs blocking or hindering our progress, we can start to challenge them with different and more helpful perspectives.

If you feel stuck in your quest to take risks and try new things, then use the Thinkladder app to coach you through the process of identifying, and then challenging, the limiting beliefs that are stopping you from living your best life.

Insights from the “Avoiding Risk and Trying New Things” Theme

When I start to understand that risk is inherent in almost everything of value, I can begin to accept it as a normal part of life and not my enemy.

Practical steps for building your confidence:

Start small: Begin by trying new things that are less intimidating and lower risk. For example, try a new type of food or visit a new place in your city. Gradually work your way up to trying bigger challenges.

Set achievable goals: Set goals that push you out of your comfort zone, but are still within your ability to accomplish. Every small win can help build confidence and increase your willingness to take on new challenges.

Embrace failure: Don’t be too hard on yourself if you make a mistake or fail at something new. Remember that failure is a normal part of life and an opportunity to learn and grow.

Celebrate your successes: When you take a risk or try something new, celebrate your successes, no matter how small. Acknowledging your progress can help build momentum and confidence.

Tap into inspiration and support: Surround yourself with people who encourage you in taking risks and trying new things. Sharing each other’s journeys can help everyone feel more confident and motivated.

Seek support: Seek the support of family, friends, or a therapist who can provide encouragement and guidance as you try new things.

Keep an open mind: Be open to new experiences and try not to let past experiences or preconceived notions hold you back.

Usher in a new mindset: Identify negative beliefs that contribute to your fear of trying new things, and challenge them with evidence to the contrary. Thinkladder is a helpful resource when it comes to challenging old patterns and the beliefs that fuel them. Our Avoiding Risk & Trying New Things theme contains hundreds of empowering insights to support you in creating tangible positive change.

Related topics: People Pleasing, Self-Worth, Anxiety & Comparing Myself To Others.

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