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Discovering Your True Potential by Trying Something New

Trying something new can be downright terrifying. That fluttering in your stomach, the nagging voice in your head telling you to stick to what you know—it’s all part of the journey. But let me tell you, the magic happens when you push through that fear and discover what you’re truly capable of.

Why It's Scary to Try Something New

We all crave comfort and familiarity. It's our brain’s way of keeping us safe. But sticking to the known can keep us from experiencing some of the most rewarding moments in life. When you step out of your comfort zone, you invite growth, learning, and incredible new experiences.

The Outcome of Pushing Through

The sense of accomplishment you feel when you overcome a challenge is unparalleled. When you try something new and push through the setbacks, you gain confidence, resilience, and a deeper understanding of your own strengths. It’s not about never falling; it’s about always getting back up. You realize that you can handle more than you ever thought possible, and that’s a powerful feeling.

Thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail was a daunting undertaking for me. I had never backpacked before, and the entire process felt overwhelming. From purchasing all the gear and planning out resupply points to learning how to stay safe in the wild, it was a lot to take in.

But I had this insatiable craving for something more, something that would make me feel truly alive.

So, I made a bold decision: I quit my job as a Program Manager at Amazon and ventured into the wilderness to seek adventure. It was the scariest thing I've ever done. Every step felt like a leap into the unknown. But, through every challenge and setback, I gained an incredible amount of confidence in myself. I built resilience by pushing through the toughest days, and the sense of accomplishment I felt upon reaching the Canadian border was beyond words.

Three Tips for Trying Something New (Even When You're Scared)

1.Start Small: Don’t dive headfirst into the most daunting task. Begin with something manageable. Small victories build confidence and momentum. Whether it’s trying a new hobby, speaking up in a meeting, or exploring a new trail, starting small can make the big goals feel more attainable. On the PCT, I did this by breaking down the trail into smaller segments and planning only a few days ahead to avoid overwhelming myself with the big objective of reaching Canada.

2. Find a Support System: Surround yourself with people who encourage and uplift you. Having a support system can make a world of difference. They’ll cheer you on, pick you up when you fall, and celebrate your successes with you. Sharing your journey with others not only keeps you accountable but also enriches the experience. My support system was instrumental in my success on the PCT. They shared in my triumphs and supported me during moments when I felt low and demotivated, reminding me of how far I had come and giving me the motivation to keep going.

3. Embrace the Process, Not Just the Outcome: Focus on the journey, not just the destination. Each step you take, no matter how small, is progress. Celebrate your efforts and learn from your setbacks. Embracing the process helps you stay motivated and makes the entire experience more enjoyable. On the PCT, I enjoyed every single moment. Rather than constantly focusing on the overall goal of reaching Canada, I fully embraced where I was at each moment on the trail.

Trying something new will always come with a bit of fear, but that’s what makes the journey so rewarding.

Remember, every stumble is a step forward. So go out there, embrace the fear, and discover what you’re truly capable of. Life is too short to play it safe.

Stay adventurous, stay fearless, and keep exploring!

With courage, Chickpea 🌟💪


Hi, I'm Chloe! A wellness coach, yogi, mindfulness enthusiast, and adventurer at heart.

My journey in yoga and mindfulness has led me to a deeper understanding of living in the moment, inspiring my recent trek on the PCT.

This adventure wasn't just a physical challenge; it was a transformative experience that deepened my commitment to living freely and inspiring others to do the same.

Join me in embracing the wild, finding joy in the present, and living life to its fullest.



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