What was the last time you did something you have never done before? Or did something differently?
Your body and your brain are very well equipped to adapt to anything you either do or don’t do (the SAID principle).
If you spend most of your time on the couch watching TV, in (a rather short) time you’d get really good at not moving and not thinking.
Now, imagine what would happen if you were to start handbalancing or slacklining, pick up juggling, play sudoku, or listen to thought-provoking interviews or podcasts. The answer: You would grow.
A Perfect Example
In a video below, an extraordinary man named Stephen Jepson urges people to “Never Leave the Playground”. At an age of well over 70, he’s doing things many people half his age cannot do. Furthermore, his thinking is brilliant as well. The secret sauce is this: Keep doing novel stuff.
Obviously, his message is mainly directed towards the older ones amongst us, but don’t we all grow older every day?
Start Now and See the Change
There’s no better way to taste the possible benefits of this kind of experimenting than trying something new today! Let me give you a few examples of things I’m trying myself:
- Brush your teeth with your non-dominant arm,
- tie your shoelaces / general knots the other way around,
- or perhaps switch up your spoon, fork and knife (caution with this one though).
Even these elementary tasks suddenly become a riddle (at least for the first days). Not to end there, you should totally go ahead with the aforementioned handstands, juggling, or engaging mental activities, like learning a new language!
The ways to mix things up are endless. Look for them and support your growth with them.
P.S.: How cool it would be to have that playground in your own backyard?!
- SAID principle
- given stressors on the human system, whether biomechanical or neurological, there will be a Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands