Another Reason to Believe in Yourself

What’s stopping you from learning a new language or a new sport?

One common belief is that the older you get, the tougher it is to master something new. Research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, however, finds that it’s actually the level of motivation you have to push yourself that you can do it – and succeed.

Scientists say that women in particular are able to overcome stubbornness that can temper motivation or self-confidence in old age. For many, accepting life as it is gets tougher with age. Settling down means spending more time on the couch than trying without going for something outside of your comfort zone, researchers say.

Even if you had a spark of inspiration or a passion for a new hobby, the desire for it tends to wane over time. And with the reduced desire is a waning belief that you can get good at it. The researchers suggest the biggest barrier is not age, but a person’s fixed mindset that they possess only a certain amount of intelligence or skills.

While you may not become a world champion at snowboarding, your proficiency will increase if you keep at it and do not give up.