I’m getting so many nuggets from Big Dreams Daily Joys by Elise Blaha Cripe. This nugget is about “stop waiting until you’re ready.” Yep, just start. She uses the example of a child learning to walk. Lots of trial and error. Success, falls, cry and back at it. Children do not decided today is the day I’m walking and get up and do it! No they try it again and again.
So why do we feel that to start something new we have to be expects at it? Or if we don’t know how to do it we can’t start. Hmm… isn’t that part of the process? Learning to do it by starting to do it. Failing and restarting it again with more knowledge than we had before. Taking what we have learnt and incorporating that into the next round? Not worrying about step nine before we start step one.
Any class we take – dance, pottery, Nordic walking we have to start as beginners. We have to be okay not knowing how to finish step five. To fail at step two. To learn and start again. This is sort of another form of perfectionism. If we can’t do it perfectly what is the point. The point is the majority of us can’t do it perfectly so does that mean we don’t take the chance and start? So we don’t take a pottery class. A dance class. A computer science class. Because….. we’re not perfect. OMG correct we’re not.
So don’t let not knowing how to do step five or nine stop you from starting step one. Being unprepared is okay and part of learning. It doesn’t matter is we don’t know all the steps we will learn along the way, but only it we start.
You can always start now!