Embrace This One Thing & You Will Be Free
Kind of a bold statement to make considering freedom can be defined in so many ways.
But the type of freedom I am referring to is the type that allows you to be free to do and try without the fear of making mistakes.
Why this sudden revelation?
It wasn't so sudden per say but it took hearing it from someone to really internalize it.
Last week I was listening to one of my favorite podcast, Profit with Purpose, and the podcast guest said something that really struck me. Emily said that the best advice she had ever been given was to allow herself to be a beginner.
Take initiatives in your life, to try out new things and explore your talents and potential — Emily Pereira
We are often trying to be the perfect employee, daughter, sister, friend, co-worker, writer, and overall person, that we forget to give ourselves permission. Permission to be “the beginner”.
You are the only one that can allow this type of freedom for yourself.
The power of being a beginner is underestimated.
As outrageous as it may sound I can honestly say that this past Friday I made more progress on my business in four hours then I have in the past three months.
That same Friday was the same day I heard the podcast and decided to embrace all the good that comes with being a beginner.
Coincidence? I highly doubt it.
I mean I wasn't exactly wasting my time these past three months but I wasn't embracing the power of being a beginner either. I was so stuck on trying to get through with the least possible mistakes that I wasn't allowing myself to make any.
If you aren't making mistakes then you must not be making much progress either.
It’s a all about your mentality and how you frame it
This whole being the beginner mentality is new to me and I am still learning but its given me hope.
Hope that whatever direction I decide to take, I will be all right. I will figure out because that’s what you do when you’re a beginner!
If we start at the beginning then it’s only up from here.
Of course there are other factors that come into play but the thing that allows you to take action is your mentality.
We don’t expect someone to be a pro at something they’ve only just started doing. So why do we expect this from ourselves?
I mean I get it, the pressure is real. You are trying to make a living out here and land that freelance job or that promotion, but realize that you have to start somewhere.
The only way you become good at something is by starting from scratch day one.
You wouldn’t judge a person on their first day of basketball practice or first day at a new job right?
It’s like being mad at a four year old because they don't know how to write their name.
It all starts with taking action, building a foundation, and gaining experience.
Why the basketball reference you may ask?
Well I still remember my first day of basketball practice my freshman year of high school, I literally could not even dribble the ball. I could not walk two feet forward without losing control of the ball. Did I quit? No. Did I want to? Yes.
Fast forward a couple of years and I was on the varsity team. This would not have happened if I didn't allow myself to embrace the beginners framework and start from zero.
When we are young we try new things because we are curious.
But as we get older comparison creeps in, we see people where they are at now a don't consider where they started.
So let’s make a commitment to not fall into this trap and just embrace being“the beginner” because what’s the alternative? It’s either that or be okay with staying in your comfort zone always and forever. It’s your choice to make.