When we start something, we’re always bad at first. Think of when you started tying your shoes or started reciting the alphabet. You were awful at it. Being awful when starting something never goes away. I just started a podcast and I know I’m awful at it, but that’s not going to hold me back from reaching excellence. That’s the mindset you have to have to succeed. You have to be relentless like a child. Yes, I said relentless! They’ll do anything to get what they want. When we grow up, this fire disappears because society starts to put limitations on us. They want children to be “good”. A child doesn’t care if their handwriting is terrible. They see that they are writing which is a major win! A child doesn’t care what others think. If they put their mind to it, they’re going to find a way to do it. A child acts on instinct. They don’t overthink, they just do. Sometimes you have to shut your mind off and just execute.
Don’t let your fear of failure or fear of initially being bad at something stop you. You’ll never get better if you don’t put in the work. I’ll never remove my initial podcasts or initial blog posts because I want people to see how I perfected my craft. I want to show the journey from start to end!
Be adventurous! Explore every opportunity! If we approached life with the same sense of adventure that a child has, I’m sure opportunities would be much more visible. We sometimes forget to use our imagination. As adults, it seems we are trained to get rid of our imaginations in exchange for some storage space for mostly useless knowledge.
Have fun! This is something I’ve forgotten how to do. I’m really working on finding that ability again. By being an “adult” I’ve forgotten how to enjoy the little things and be present. By being more conscious about this issue, I’ve been able to be more present. A child lives for nothing more than the moment. They can’t see any further than the present. This allows them to focus on fun rather than the more trying parts of life. I can’t afford to sacrifice more time being present. I have to find the balance of being present, yet still thinking in the future. This is something that doesn’t come naturally to me anymore. By making a conscious effort to be better at this, I know I will find fun again.