When did we stop applying the same rule to ourselves? When did our concern over possibly looking foolish, or not proving to be the best at something overshadow our desire to step in and give something a 'go'?
In essence... when did we start giving up before we even began?
We once were courageous. Everything in life was new to us, but we willingly gave new things a try. Crawling, walking, talking, throwing a ball, skipping a stone, catching a frog. Our childhood is comprised of a series of new experiences, times when we willingly stepped forward and tried something new, all strung together. Remember the delight you experienced when you tried something for the first time and liked it? When you discovered it was fun? Better yet, when you found something you were good at?
What happened to that?
Not trying is giving up before you startI have a raft of clients lamenting the fact that they haven't discovered anything they are passionate about in their life, yet they are doing so from the comfort of their couch. You have to explore new experiences to discover those hidden interests, talents and passions. You need a breadth of experiences to learn what you are truly capable of.
We all have undiscovered talents that are waiting to be uncovered. However, we can't build and capitalize on them if we don't know what they are. It is only by pushing ourselves to try new things that we will uncover what those latent talents are.
Experiencing the new helps us...
- Increase our self confidence
- Gain a greater appreciation of ourselves
- Become a more 'interesting' person - we have far more to share with others
- Discover new talents, strengths and passions!
- Live without regrets
So, in the spirit of parents everywhere, get up, get out and get going. You'll never know unless you try!