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4 Things Stopping You from Pursuing a Hobby – And How to Overcome Them

Starting a new hobby is exciting. You may have seen an advert or watched something on TV that catches your eye, and you start to think about taking up that hobby yourself. It could lead to a life-long passion, a new career, or even a new world record. Unfortunately, many people never get further with a potential hobby than thinking about it. Other things get in the way, and it stays a dream for them rather than a reality. What stops you from taking up a new hobby and how do you overcome your own objections and get started?


Time is a key factor. If you are busy with work, family, and other commitments it might seem impossible to get time to yourself and actually pursue a new hobby. However, one of the main reasons for this is that you don’t prioritize it. Self-care is often the last thing on your to-do list if you are busy, but it is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Study your schedule and see where you can make time for your new hobby. It only needs to be an hour or two per week but take the time to do something that is just for you.


It can be expensive to start a new hobby, since there might be materials to buy not to mention the cost of going to a class. However, you can overcome this by looking for discounts on crafting materials or finding some YouTube tutorials online, so you don’t have to pay for expensive lessons.

If you stick to your hobby for a while, you might get quite good at it. Then you could make money from it by selling the products you have crafted or teaching your skills to others. That way you don’t have to be out of pocket for long.


Potential Objections from Others

Fearing objections from others can be a deciding factor in whether to start a new hobby or not. It might be that you have a great idea but when you talk to others about it, they will put objections in the way. They might question how much your new hobby will cost or whether you will have time to do it. They may even query why you would want to take up a hobby that they might have negative thoughts about. It might be something that others might consider too techy, too twee, or simply not to their taste. Objections from others can play on your own fears and pretty soon you have put the idea of starting a new hobby to the back of your mind.

You should ignore the negative views and do the hobby anyway. Embracing fears within yourself or others is a brave thing to do but it could be the best decision you ever made. Let the negativity wash over you and then take up the hobby anyway. You don’t have to do it forever if you decide you don’t like it but at least you would have tried.


One thing that might stop you from getting your hobby idea off the ground is not having a goal. You might think about learning to knit but if you haven’t got a reason to start then you won’t do it. Instead, set yourself a goal to knit yourself a new jumper for the winter. Having a specific goal in mind will help you get started and stop you from feeling overwhelmed or unsure of where to start.

If you have a hobby in mind that you would like to try, then go for it. Starting can sometimes feel like the most difficult part but, once you have made the first step, it can only get easier.