Everything is scary when you’re first learning how to do it. Yes. Everything.
But here’s a little secret for you... everyone starts as a beginner. Yes. Everyone.
You don’t get good at something by never starting or trying. The first time you try something will generally be scary. And then you get better at it. And better at it. And better at it.
Until eventually, if you work at it long enough, you become an expert or master at the trade, whatever it is.
But, you have to start to get better. If you never try, if you never take that first step, you’ll live in a perpetual state of never knowing. Never knowing if you can. Never knowing if you could do it. Just never knowing.
And yes, it can seem overwhelming when you’re first starting out, when you’re first looking at all you have to learn. It can seem like there’s so much to learn and so far to go.
I know I feel that way. I tend to over-analyze everything (shocker) and get analysis paralysis. Where I see what needs to be done but instead of doing any of it, I get stuck. I am afraid. And goodness knows I am overwhelmed.
But when I take that first step, however small it is, it helps break me out of my paralysis. It helps me move forward. It helps me see that I don’t have to be perfect... that the action I’m taking doesn’t have to be perfect.
And you know what else it does? It helps me LEARN! I get a little bit better at whatever it is I’m doing. I learn something new. And I continue learning and growing and becoming better.
I may never be an expert but I will be better than I was before. And let me tell you... google is often my best friend!
Here are some perfect examples...
I was terrified when I first started CrossFit. I had NO IDEA what I was doing. But I finally took the first step and just started! And wouldn’t you know it... I fell in love and haven’t looked back!
And then I was terrified when I first started coaching CrossFit. Yes, I took the training, but I had NO IDEA what I was doing. But I jumped in with two feet and I learned and again, I fell in love with it! And I continue to learn on a daily basis.
And owning our own CrossFit gym... yes, you guessed it, I was terrified! Owning a brick and mortar business is a heckuva lot different than a virtual store or business. But we’re learning. And we’re taking steps to continue to learn. And the more we do, the more we learn and the more comfortable we get.
So yes, I’ve been a beginner a lot in my life. And I will continue to be a beginner over and over again.
Now I just have to remember that small steps will help me get there. And I don’t have to know it all to start. In fact, the best way to learn is by doing!
So get out there and start today! Whatever it is... whatever you’ve been putting off... Just. Start. Learn by doing. Do as you learn.
Have a beautiful week! And welcome to February!
With love and wellness,