Hobbies are a fantastic way to expand your horizons and give yourself some valuable me-time. However, too many people will get the flood of inspiration to start something, only to give it up a few weeks later. This sends you straight back into your old ways, often spending all day on the sofa, lazily scrolling through TV shows that you don’t want to watch, but you also don’t want to do anything else, either. If you’ve ever tried (and failed) to stick with a hobby before, here are four tips for sticking with it the next time you try.
Whether you’re painting, snowboarding, or going for runs, you can’t expect to achieve something big right off the bat. Instead, you’ll need to start small. This will help to ease you into your hobby. Rather than tell yourself you will run 10K the first time, try to run 3K or 5K, and then progress from there. Likewise, you might also struggle to find the time to do anything, so put aside an hour each week, and then increase the amount of time when you feel comfortable doing so.
Pick the Right Time to Start
There are better times to start hobbies than others, and the best time of year is right after New Years’. Here, you can find discounts and coupons where stores are trying to cash-in on the New Year, New Me craze. With this, you can buy things such as a fishing multi tool, set of running shoes, or watercolors without spending too much that you’ll feel you’ve wasted all your money.
Get Friends On Board
Friends motivate each other to do something, so starting a hobby with a friend, partner, or relative will keep you accountable for what you are doing. This is why gym buddies are so useful. More than anything, embarking on a new hobby with someone else will make you more confident, too, and you will have someone you can rely on when attending a new club or gym. From here, you can get to know other people rather than be a wallflower, and this can expand your hobby network to meet other like-minded people that can offer advice on how to succeed.
Don’t Expect Perfection (Straight Away)
Everyone has a reason they get into a hobby, but this usually comes from watching the experts do their thing. The issue is that you expect yourself to perform to the same level when you get started, and you get frustrated when things don’t go right.
The only thing that happens here, though, is that you’ll lose motivation. However, you must persevere, especially if you’ve spent a lot of money on this hobby. You shouldn’t expect perfection straight away, but instead, look at your progress and take positives from that. The quality will come eventually.
No one should expect to be good at something immediately. Like anything worth doing in life, being proficient and excelling at a hobby is something that takes time. However, you can’t do this without first sticking to it, so make sure that you give your new hobby a decent chance before giving up.