Embrace Your Hobbies And Interests

Over the past few days we’ve taken a look at how we spend our time, what we spend it on and what may be sucking time away from us. In other words, we started to be more intentional on how we spend our time and what we spend it on. That leaves quite a few hours each week open to new things. When we’re no longer watching TV mindlessly, or let social media suck us in, we have time to do the things we thought we simply didn’t have time for.

Today I want to encourage you to embrace your hobbies and interests. Do you remember having all afternoon, weekends, and school holidays to do what you loved to do? Without the obligations of adulthood, it’s easy to enjoy a hobby or explore other interests. When we become adults, it can become tougher to sneak in those activities between everything that has to be done. We often let go of the things we enjoy doing to the most. It’s time to take back that joy and pick up those hobbies and interests again …or even find something new to try.

Hobbies are an important part of living with purpose. They give balance to our lives and allow us to spend some much needed time on something we enjoy. They help us distress and are fun. For example, if you work in an office job where you spend most of your time working away at the computer all day, it can be tough to see the fruits of your labor. You work hard, but at the end of the day, you don’t see anything in front of you that shows what you’ve accomplished. To balance this out, consider a hobby like gardening, sewing, knitting, or woodworking. Spend an hour in the evening on your favorite hobby and you can actually see, feel, and touch the progress you’ve made.

Hobbies can also help us unwind and let go of all the stress and anxiety that has built up over the workday. This in turn is good for our health and mental wellbeing. People with relaxing hobbies like playing music, crafting, painting, or gardening to name a few tend to sleep better and feel more refreshed when they can engage with their favorite past time.

Hobbies also give us a chance to connect with other like-minded individuals. There are classes, groups, clubs, and even guilds for all sorts of different things. Or you can simply form your own group. Find a few other cycling enthusiasts and start organizing group rides on the weekends. Start a monthly book club for a chance to discuss your favorite works of fiction with other readers. Embrace your hobbies and interests and make them part of your everyday life again.

Challenge: Confidence and Courage Are a Balancing Act

Self-confidence and courage are strange things, and there can be a balancing act you need to perform to make sure you’re making the progress you want to make. When you don’t have enough confidence in yourself and what you’re getting ready to do, you won’t have the courage to take action and get started. When you have too much confidence and courage on the other hand, without the knowledge of what to do, it’s easy to get yourself in hot water. Here’s an example.

Let’s say you decide to go into business for yourself, designing and maintaining websites for small businesses in your area. If you don’t have enough confidence in yourself and your abilities, you won’t get the business up and running. You won't be comfortable approaching the small business owners in your area until you get more knowledge and expertise. And if you do, you won't sound confident and convincing. The net result is you won’t get your first handful of clients, and the learning opportunities creating and maintaining actual websites that working with clients brings. This definitely isn’t a good thing.

Now let’s look at the other side of the scale. What if you have too much confidence in yourself and your abilities and the courage to approach a bunch of business owners and tackle even the most difficult projects? Your idea is you’ll figure it out as you go along. While that can sometimes work, there’s also a lot of risk in this approach, and if you take it too far, it’s easy to mess up royally. This in turn could cost your customers a lot of business and hurt both their reputation and yours. This is also not a good thing.

The key is striking a balance and finding that middle ground where you have enough courage and confidence to get started, get some experience, and learn “on the job”, without getting too cocky and getting yourself in way over your head. There’s a lot to be gained from saying yes and then figuring out what you need to do and what you need to learn, but it needs to be tempered to a point where you’re not way outside of your area of expertise.

Where are you right now regarding this balancing act? Considering that you are taking part in this challenge, I’m assuming being over confident isn’t an issue for you. I hope this far into the challenge you are steadily moving toward that perfect middle ground. Keep going, keep working on getting that self-confidence and courage and start taking action. You may just surprise yourself and find out how much you’re capable of.

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