Sometimes all it takes is a small nudge in the right direction, and the metaphorical snowball starts barreling down a hill at blinding speeds.
Little successes in one area of life, can easily and often translate over into others.
That’s why whenever I find myself in a rut, I try to learn something new. It doesn’t have to be something cumbersome, or entirely practical even, just something novel. There are lots of small or fun things you can learn to do in less than a day.
I have tried my hand at many of those skills listed in the past year, and have had success with several of them.
Most notably though, would be my adventures in juggling. If I had to suggest any one skill for you have a go at, this would be it.
I remember being younger and trying to juggle. I would grab 3 balls, start throwing them in the air at once, and watch as they all inevitably landed on the floor. And that was that.
Nope. Not me. I can’t juggle.
My problem was not that I didn’t know how to juggle, it was that I didn’t know how to learn to juggle. As is with most skills, we have to learn how to learn.
Jason’s instructions below are great. He breaks down the skill of juggling into very small, manageable steps and encourages you to master them before moving on. You start with one ball, learn the proper techniques, and slowly add on from there. It’s very accessible.
The benefits of learning this skill are multifaceted and amazing.
First, you are going to greatly enhance your eye-hand co-ordination and reaction times. The benefits of this are numerous, from preventing trips and falls to becoming a better, safer driver.
It also sharpens your focus and concentration, all the while making you smarter. You are building bridges between your left and right brain, which impoves cognition and goes a long way to preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
And lastly, it’s exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise! You will burn about 300 calories per hour doing it, and can do it anytime and anyplace.
It’s a great activity for all age groups and body types.
It will be a challenge at first, but you’ll get it. I’m sure of it.
And once you do, maybe you’ll see that any undertaking can be accomplished when you break it down and put a little effort into it.
And that might just be enough to give you all the momentum you need.
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