Alright gang, it’s time for some tough love.
In a handful of recent conversations, people I totally adore have provided me with a bogus excuse for not taking action.
They’re on the cusp of trying something new. Some are thinking about starting a business. Others are considering career changes.
Overall they’re excited about these new possibilities.
And then, inevitably, they hit me with this line.
“But I don’t know how.”
There’s resignation in their voices.
A sort of, “Oh well, since I don’t know how, I guess I can’t do it”.
Sneakily, under this “I don’t know how” sentiment are certain other ideas like “I will only do things I know I will succeed at” and “I need to be amazing at everything all the time”.
That sound you hear?
That is me tearing my hair out and jumping around like Yosemite Sam after a dynamite misfire.
Because above all else my wish for you is growth.
And growth comes from extending yourself into the unknown.
It comes from bumping up against the edges of your comfort zone over and over until what was once a challenge becomes a walk in the park.
f you don’t know how to do something the answer is not to throw up your hands with a sigh, saying, “Well, I guess that’s not an option”.
The answer is to get to work on learning how to do it.
Repeat after me party people.
- I am capable of learning how to do new things.
- Mistakes are a part of learning.
- The faster I make mistakes the faster I will get better.
- It’s okay to look like a beached whale during my first, awkward attempts at this new thing.
- My success is not determined by whether or not I am amazing at this thing right away.
- My success is determined by my persistence.
- I will keep trying until I figure it out.
I’m rooting for you. Change “I don’t know how” to “I’m learning how”.
And watch yourself reach new heights.
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What’s the last thing you learned? What helped you get through that beginning period of not really knowing what you were doing? Leave a comment below!