WHY do we do the same things over and over again?

WHY do we do the same things over and over again?

August 16, 2017

How often has this happened to you? You just went to Rishikesh over a long weekend, perhaps for the 5th or 6th time in the last 10 years. While you upload your pictures on Facebook, you notice that some of your ‘Facebook Friends’ went rafting on the Zanskar River, trekking to the Valley of Flowers, river crossing in Chakrata, and more. While you may/may not have knowledge of these experiences, you went with the safe or tried and tested option.
But why do we pursue the same experiences over and over again? What stops us from pursuing new things to do and/or explore new places to go to?
Let’s analyze some of the reasons why many of us end up doing more of the same over our long weekends or annual getaways:
1- No time to plan
It’s the most common reason for most professionals. A 9 to 8 job, 6 days a week, 2-3 hours of travel time daily, etc., are the reasons we struggle to find time to plan for our much needed vacations. If this is one of the reasons that holds you back, the following short video (26 seconds) will resonate with you:

2- Overburdened by information
Now those who manage to find time, get on the internet to research possible new things to do or places to go to, are often overburdened by the deluge of information. There are multiple forums available on the internet and everyone has an opinion. Which opinion to rely on?
3- Advice from Like-minded people
Again, imagine you’re a 25 year old solo traveler. You get advice from a 45 year old historian. How likely is it that the advice would be relevant to your interests? I would say it’s highly unlikely unless the advice is from a professional who has taken the time to understand your background and interests to tailor the advice accordingly. If points 2 and 3 are the reasons that hold you back, the following short video (48 seconds) will resonate with you:

4- Vague or incomplete information
Now imagine I am an Expert for Adventure Sports. You send a request to me to help you plan out an itinerary in terms of which adventure sports activities to do, where to go, where to stay, what are the budget travel options, how to commute, what about your kids/spouse/elderly parents, etc. Now imagine a 100 more people like you reaching out to me with similar requests. What do you think I would do? Let’s evaluate the following possible responses:
  1. I am a Good Samaritan and choose to spend time and effort to respond to all requests. Mind you, I will also ensure that I do justice to all the requests.
  2. I pick and choose a few to whom I may respond to ensure I do justice to the requests I choose to respond to.
  3. I leave a very generic response that may/may not be applicable to everyone.
Let’s face it – no individual will take the pains to respond to each and every request unless there’s some incentive to do so. In a scenario where no incentives are involved, it’s option 3 that will be the most common response.
5- You like your Comfort Zone
Who doesn’t? You have been to a certain place and have had a decent or even a great experience – why take chances by trying to do something new or by going to a new place? After all, the fear of possible disappointment is what stops us from trying something new – isn’t it? I leave you with the following quote, widely used it may be, but it perfectly captures the essence of why we must try new things and explore new places:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Yes, there are umpteen number of reasons for not trying to do something new or exploring a new place. Which are the ones that hold you back?

Contributed By: Avishek Sarkar, Founder at GoPo

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