Trying something new…

Olives – do you love them or hate them?

I learned to love olives after a friend told me I needed to eat at least three in a row for my taste buds to get used to them

(thanks Dave!)


Trying something new

I’ve been given the same advice to help to get my children to try different foods
(in their case, lack of an alternative helped them to be more adventurous and try octopus or squid…)

Trying something new…

Remembering the olives helps me when I’m trying out new activities or putting myself in situations where I’m out of my comfort zone – I need to remind myself that new things need time and opportunity to feel OK.

“All things are difficult before they are easy” – John Maxwell

If something – eg networking, talking about myself or my business – feels uncomfortable, is that just because it’s new..? If I don’t give it a few good tries, how will I know whether or not it’ll become easier or even something I love..?

If the magic happens outside of our comfort zone how will we know if we don’t put ourselves there? (and more than once!)


How do you persevere when trying something new?

Let me know by adding your comments below..

Warning! The ‘something new’ (in my case, olives) can become addictive once you realise what you’ve been missing!

To find out how I can support and challenge you in trying something new, please get in touch via the contact form or call me on +44 7526 740486.

Best wishes!


21 replies
  1. Margot
    Margot says:

    Love this metaphor with the olives. What a great way to look at trying something new out of our comfort zones!

  2. Patti
    Patti says:

    Trying new things and being adventurous is important to live your life to the fullest. I remember my daughter telling me to try hummus. She said Mom know you will like it. I didn’t try it for a long time and once I did I really liked it. We miss out on so much by not getting out of our comfort zone and trying something new. Thanks for the post. 😀

  3. Lisa Berry
    Lisa Berry says:

    I was a terribly picky eater as a kid and it carried over well into adulthood–took a big step out of my comfort zone to try new foods and new experiences. Your post is a good reminder that there’s joy beyond that comfort zone.

    • Sian Rowsell
      Sian Rowsell says:

      Thanks Lisa. I like your phrase ‘there’s joy beyond that comfort zone’ – a good one to remember when I need a little push..

  4. Tracey
    Tracey says:

    Great analogy, I was the same with olives but persevered and now love eating them. In terms of stepping outside your comfort zone, I’m reminded of my granny telling me, ‘there’s no such thing as can’t’. Being quite shy I’ve always found it difficult to try something new, take the plunge etc., but have learnt to not over analyse, to just get stuck in – sometimes the longer you stew over something the harder it seems, but just throwing yourself into it I’ve found its never as bad as you think.

  5. Melisa Sharpe
    Melisa Sharpe says:

    Great reminder to try something new more than once – even new business skills. There are a lot of things that seem scary and unpleasant when you are starting to grow your business, so this idea of trying something three times is a great tool. Thanks Sian!

    • Sian Rowsell
      Sian Rowsell says:

      Thanks Melisa! Perhaps it would be good to keep a log of new things we have tried that weren’t too bad after a couple of tries!

  6. Darcy
    Darcy says:

    Thanks for this Sian – new things are not always difficult but they are different. Like networking, which I tried for the first time in November. And my sister made me eat 9 olives in a row when I was a teenager and now I absolutely love them! They are an acquired taste for lots of us…


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