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Celebrating the first time…

As people grow older, many tend to dislike trying new things.  The reasons can vary but, often, it comes down to fear of change and, possibly, slower comprehension and dexterity than in previous years.

When was the LAST time you did something for the FIRST time?

Personally, I have learned to embrace stepping out to do "firsts" and view them as personal growth challenges in order to reach my full potential in life.  Trust me, I've learned that confidence comes in doing.

Be aware of your mindset and acknowledge to yourself that fear impacts thoughts, actions and ultimately your life. Fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

Take action and move past the negative thoughts of fear. Trying something new could be a positive and exciting experience.  A perfect example of a joyful first is the video of the 78 year old Grandma on Roller Coaster

My most recent first was this past weekend when I was introduced to the sport of Pickleball. The sport is played on a court with a paddle and could best be described as a combination of badminton, tennis, and table tennis (ping-pong).
I was exhilarated by the new experience. The next day, I came back for another serving and participated in a clinic that weekend.  This summer I plan to enjoy a lot of time on the outdoor courts and I am grateful to my friend, Grace, for introducing me to a new sport.  The next step is to tweak muscle memory as I add Pickleball as a new fitness activity (Take Care of Me).
Another first for me, Free Hug Day, has turned into an annual TCOY Wellness event. In 2010, a high school friend reached out to me on Facebook and suggested I take part in the Global Free Hug day.  Although this sounded like a fun thing to do, I will admit, the first couple minutes of my first Hug Day required a mindset of pushing through some fear and asking, what if? 

I gave myself a pep talk and said, “come on Lucy, let’s do this.  Yes, it’s new for you but everyone wants to be appreciated and the simple act of a hug, a high-five or a smile can make a difference. It has been put on your heart, so go have fun with it.” 

There are so many emotional stories from my annual TCOY Free Hug Days and they are forever etched on my heart and in my mind.  Pictures from the event show the emotions of those being hugged. You can see the joyful impact on the faces.  Priceless!

For your viewing pleasure: YouTube - TCOY Wellness KC Free Hug Day  20102014.

When doing a first it is important to embrace the experience with an open mind and positive attitude.  Rather than feeling fearful, frustrated or embarrassed, go all in with a child-like attitude and have fun while doing something different.  As you begin to engage in trying new things you will feel empowered and more connected as you expand your territory and grow from the experiences.
The acronym for fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. Be willing to face any fears head on and you will feel more confident.

Coaching allows me to come along side you to provide mentoring and a simple pathway for improvement.  Anyone can take something simple and complicate it; however, to take something complicated and simplify it is an art. The brain can process only so much information at any given time so the balance is to find the right amount of content to share and not overwhelm the person.

If we never venture out of our comfort zones, we will fail to thrive and grow.  Our mind and body are meant to be used and challenged daily.  Personal development occurs when we step beyond what we know with a desire to learn and improve.

Ironically, we continually encourage toddlers, children and teens to “give it a try” but, many adults are often hesitant to try new experiences.  Sound familiar?

Take my TCOY Challenge; change your routine and find something to do - a new first.  New opportunities are awaiting you each day - seize the day.  Encourage your family and friends to take part in this challenge and savor the new experiences while creating some great memories.

Embrace George Bernard Shaw's quote: We don't stop playing because we get old; we grow old because we stop playing.   Game on!

Until next month...TCOY!

Coach Lucy

      My latest FIRSTMidwest Pickleball - Ladies Clinic

June's "ACTION REQUIRED" inspirational resources:

TCOY Tidbits...

Further Reading

Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway – Susan Jeffers
The Secrets of the Vine
Bruce Wilkinson
The Reunion -  Dan Stalp & Jim Mathis  Another Reuion (great follow-up!)


The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.   

-Friedrich Nietzsche

Do not say, "It is morning," and dismiss it with a name of yesterday.  See it for the FIRST TIME as a new-born child that has no name.     

- Rabindranath Tagore

Minor things can become moments of great revelation when encountered for the first time. 

-  Margot Fonteyn


Strength from Scripture: 

May the God of hope fill you with all the joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with the hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Romans 15-13.

Find the Joy in the Journey

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