Elite Smiles - Sept/Oct 2019

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SEPT/OCT 2019

F IGHT ING FEAR AND SUCCEEDING What Starting Something New Means for You October is typically a time when people enjoy sitting down for their favorite scary movie, going to a haunted house or maze, or even playing frightening games. While many people’s thoughts are turned toward the unnatural or participating in some hair-raising activities, I’d like to take the time to talk about a different type of fear. You will experience many types of fear in a lifetime, especially when it comes to starting something new. Fear of the unknown, of failure, and of taking risks are all hurdles we have to overcome to succeed, and unfortunately, that holds many people back. Not knowing the repercussions of the task ahead of you can be extremely intimidating. Many people are comfortable where they are in life, doing what they’ve been doing for the past several years without trying too hard for new experiences. They know what to expect in their day-to-day lives, but before they know it, their lives become absorbed in tedious, mundane routine.

challenge themselves in some way, they don’t move forward. With nothing new in their lives, they can become restless, irritable, anxious, or even depressed. Pushing ourselves to try something new gives us the ability to set new goals and opportunities to learn and to even discover hobbies we never knew we would enjoy. It’s vital to keep in mind that taking the initial risk of just trying something new, whatever that may be, is the most crucial aspect of this effort. If you take the first step and realize you don’t like whatever it is you’re trying, it’s okay not to continue. Trying in the first place is what’s important. More often than not, this is the most rewarding part of stepping out of your comfort zone. You pushed yourself past the fear of the unknown, took the risk, and tried something new regardless. That took courage, and that courage can help you make even more bold decisions later on in life when you try something new again. The first step can be terrifying to think about, but the reward afterward is immeasurable. This October, let the only thing that scares you be the spooks of Halloween. As Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

However, when a person decides to step out of their comfort zone, they open their minds to new experiences and give themselves a chance to grow as a person. Psychology Today states, "Trying something new opens up the possibility for you to enjoy something new. Entire careers, entire life paths, are carved out by people dipping their baby toes into small ponds and suddenly discovering a love for something they had no idea would capture their imaginations.”

The best part about breaking from a monotonous lifestyle is taking a step away from boredom. When a person doesn’t

–Steven Freeman

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