Day 4: Try Something New

How long should I try? Until. 
-Jim Rohn

Make attempts to find a new hobby you will love. Having a hobby that you enjoy can give you a sense of purpose and lower stress levels in your life. If you don’t have a hobby or finding it difficult to find one that clicks, that does not mean there isn’t one out there for you.


It’s never too late to find an activity you enjoy, no matter what stage of life you are in. Here are some strategies you can utilize to find a hobby that speaks to you.


Step 1: Convert your interests into hobbies

If you don’t have something you feel is worthy of being called a hobby, look within, and ask yourself what is it you enjoy or do for fun? For example: watching sports could easily be transformed into joining a local recreational team of your choice.

Step 2: Remember what fascinated you as a child

When you were a child, what did you like to do? Perhaps arts and craft, sports, or even reading. Whatever they were, think about revisiting them as an adult. This can spark new ideas for hobbies such as a book club, acting, cooking, and sewing classes.

Step 3: Take an assessment

What’s good for me might not be right for you. Just because you enjoy a particular activity doesn’t mean I’ll vibe with it too. That is why it might be wise to take a form of assessment to help identify key interests and deeper insights into various kinds of personality types. This assessment can assist in figuring out which hobby would be the right fit.

Step 4: See what sticks

Finding a new hobby that you love can come with some trials and errors. If you thought you would love Kickboxing, for example, and you didn’t, cross it off your list and move on to another hobby that might be fulfilling. It might take several attempts until you find “the one,” the key is not to give up; you will find a hobby that is just right for you.

There are countless benefits to having a hobby. Having a hobby that you enjoy can give you a sense of purpose, lower stress levels in your life, provide balance, a sense of accomplishment, and…well, you get my drift. Make attempts to find a new hobby you will love.

If you don’t have a hobby or finding it difficult to find one that clicks, that does not mean there isn’t one out there for you.  

“Life is trying things to see if they work.” -Ray Bradbury

It’s never too late to find an activity you enjoy, no matter what stage of life you are in. Here are four steps you can utilize to find a hobby that speaks to you. Good luck!

Step1: Make a list, and convert your interests into hobbies

Is there anything you’ve dreamed of doing or a place(s) you would love to visit but think would be impossible to bring forth? Compose a list of everything you would be willing to try, even the off-the-wall ones that might scare you a little; sky diving, anyone? Don’t put up roadblocks before you begin just yet, have fun with making your list of possible hobbies.

If you are struggling with ideas and can’t seem to come up with things you feel are worthy of being called a hobby, look within, and ask yourself what is it you enjoy or do for fun? For example, watching your favorite sports could easily be transformed into joining a local recreational team.

Do you remember what fascinated you as a child? When you were a child, what did you like to do? Perhaps arts and craft, sports, or even reading. Put them on the list, and think about revisiting them as an adult. Listing out your favorite activities as a child can spark new ideas for hobbies such as a book club, acting, cooking, and even sewing classes.

Step2: Take some time to narrow down your choices, budget, or find alternatives

Now that you’ve made your list of your potential hobbies, it is time to zoom in on your top choice(s) and start planning to budget for it. Research what the cost would be for the hobby that you chose. Take the time necessary to analyze the total cost, how much you are willing to spend, and if your finances are in order to make such an investment.

 

Remember, it is not only money you would need to budget; it’s also your time. If it turns out that your finances are in order, set aside the time, it will take to start your hobby.

There are different avenues you can go down to start your hobby if it turns out to be too costly. For example: if your choice was cooking, you could form a small group with close friends and family. In that group, have videos to watch for each dish. Each week someone from the group would get to choose the dish everyone would be preparing. You would watch the instructional video and follow the directions for making the dish. In the end, have a taste test to see who made it better. Now that’s an alternative measure, if I do say so myself:)

There is usually a cost for every kind of service out there, so if you find it too expensive to keep up with it financially, look for an alternative way to implement your hobby.

Step3: Take an assessment to see where you stand and be realistic

You've made a list of hobbies you would like to try and budget for those hobbies, yay! You are spreading your wings, soaring to higher heights than ever before! So, what’s your take on all your newfound hobbies? Because…   

“Life is trying things to see if they work.” -Ray Bradbury

What’s good for me might not be right for you. Just because you enjoy a particular activity doesn’t mean I’ll vibe with it in the same way. That is why it might be wise to take a form of assessment to help identify key interests and deeper insights into various kinds of personality types. This intern can assist in figuring out which hobby would be the right fit.

“How long should I try? Until.” -Jim Rohn

Try to get to the heart of what you did not like about that activity so that you can stay clear of those aspects on your next choice. 

You must be realistic with the expectation of your newfound hobby; if this activity adds an unreasonably early start to your schedule, factor this in before fully committing. Knowing all the pros and cons will alleviate any chance of you quitting before you start.

Step4: See what sticks and commit (possibly with a friend)

Finding a new hobby that you love can come with some trials and errors. If you thought you would love Kickboxing, for example, and you didn’t, cross it off your list and move on to another hobby that might be fulfilling. It might take several attempts until you find “the one,” the key is not to give up; you will find a hobby that is just right for you.

Practice makes perfect, or is it: perfect practice makes perfect?

When you’ve found “the one,” you will know, because you have the drive to see things through. At this point, improving is a must for you, so time is dedicated to get better. 

Try not to get discouraged because this is an unfamiliar path. This experience is unique, and it will take your dedicated time and effort to master this new skill. You can’t have one foot in and the other in limbo; you need to commit in order to see your full potential. 

If you are looking for a little company with your new hobby, why not enlist a close friend or family member to join you on your newfound pursuit? Sharing your recent experience with a loved one can make it a lot less terrifying and more exciting.  

So dedicate the time you have scheduled fully and remember to have fun, and lots of it!

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