Every journey start with a single step
Here it is, my first blog post.
The fear and anxiety before hitting the keyboard, after days and days of procrastination. Not knowing what is coming out next. But you just do it. Like Nike says. It works for them so why not work for me? Or my other favourite is: “Every journey starts with a single step” – Lao Tze. Making the first step is the hardest thing what you can do.
The truth is that I’ve always had a desire – deep down, well hidden – to blog. I found it as a fascinating way to express feelings, opinion and information. Just never thought I’d be good at it. That voice in my head kept saying: “no, you can not seriously think that you can do this. You were not good at it as school, you had bad feedback (only once!) at work, therefore you can not be good at it!”
And for a long time, I believe that. What a big, fat lie!
Practice makes perfect
You only as good at something as your practice was. You keep trying, keep failing, until you master it. Walk, speak, swim and drive a car – none of us was born to be perfect at any of that. In fact, we failed many-many times, before we finally mastered it and from that point, our unconscious has taken it over and we just do it. Naturally, without even thinking about it for a minute.
So where do I wanted to go with that?
Learning a new thing – a skill, a language or even a hobby – is a great way of self-discovery and a fear of failure should never ever discourage us not to try it. By trying, you would definitely encounter a barrier or a problem which may seem like a failure. However, you just discovered the way how not to do and next time, you will change your approach and do it differently. Learn, fail, adjust and try again. Simple, isn’t it?
The importance of making mistakes
We learn new things every day, without even noticing it. It just happens and we register it and next time we do it as a routine. For example, last week driving home from work, I’ve turned a “wrong way” at the roundabout. I didn’t pay attention as I was listening to the radio and the next minute I came out at the wrong exit. As it was a busy road with no side street, it was impossible to make a U-turn. I’ve ended up driving on that road which has eventually lead me to a familiar area, from where I know exactly the way back home. I ended up avoiding the heavy traffic in my area and cut my journey time by 15 mins!
No surprise, from the next day, I started to take that way every single day. Had I not made that mistake at the roundabout – or that “failure” – I’d have never known that there is a shorter road and I’d be still going the old, usual way routinely.
Isn’t it the same in any other areas in our lives that we just keep doing what we know well and trust, therefore, we won’t run any risk of failure?
Writing a blog is not rocket science. nor brain surgery. You just grab that keyboard and start typing. And the word just flying out and appear on the paper.
As every journey starts with a little step. The most difficult one.