5) Be open to new things
I was talking to a friend the other day, who told me that 2021 is her year of experimentation.
What the heck is that? – I asked.
She went on to tell me a story of how she went on a low-carb diet in 2020 because she had a persistent cough she couldn’t shake (and no it wasn’t the C-word cough).
She believed that her cough was diet-related, and in particular, carbohydrate was the culprit. So she bought a book and went on for months cutting down her carbohydrate intake, swapping out her favourite foods – noodles for zoodles (zucchini noodles).
Eventually tests confirmed that her cough was related to heart burn and had nothing to do with her carb intake.
Did she feel that she’d missed out on all her favourite meals for nothing?
Nope! ‘I found I’d been eating more vegetables as a result of lowering carbs, which is something I’d always wanted to do but had trouble doing. I also felt more energetic, and I just felt healthier as a result.’
Her key message here – ‘If I hadn’t given it a go, I wouldn’t have known it’s so good for me!’
If you’ve been in the same routine for a while, and you’re comfortable but you know you could benefit from something new, then take the LEAP and give the ‘new’ thing a go!
Take exercise for example, walking may have been your only exercise for 2020 and you’ve gotten into the habit of doing daily walks, which is great for your body and mind. But you know you need to up the ante, and add some resistance exercise and cardiovascular exercise to make your exercise program well-rounded.
Your challenge is to adopt a mindset that’s open to change. Because like my friend has found out, an experiment could bring unexpected benefits that pleasantly surprise you.