Monday, April 18, 2011

Do you want to succeed? Make mistakes!

Remember when you were a kid, and you wanted to learn how to ride a bike? 
You could see the bigger kids were doing it, and you wanted to do what they were doing.

This may be one of your first memories of trying something new, that you hadn’t tried before.
Do you remember what happened when you first got on a bike?    
Did you learn how to ride the bike by reading and studying about it?  Did you jump on and ride perfectly?   
Can you remember how hard it was?   
You had to steer, pedal, AND balance…. How did you feel? 
Were you scared? Or excited?
Did you get frustrated? Or mad? Did you stumble and fall?

 Did you stop when you stumbled and fell?  If so, you probably never learned how to ride a bike.

Did you keep at it until you could ride?  Do you remember how that felt?  Really exciting right?
  YOU did it!!

Accomplishing anything in life is exactly like riding that bike when you were a kid.  It is scary.  You might fall, and risk feeling dumb or  even embarrassed.  However, riding a bike is like so many things, It isn’t something that you carefully study and research to be good at.     It is something that you must practice at. Then, you can do things like jumping off the curb, or  Race a friend down the street.

Do you remember those feelings of accomplishment and how that made you feel?

For me the very best things in life have been the things I have struggled and fought to do and get better at.   Did I ever stumble and scrape my knee?  One look at my knees will answer that question!

Think about what will happen if you do nothing? Beside having really terrific looking knee’s?   NOTHING. 
You will end up with a growing pile of untried idea’s and dreams.

Does fear stop you from doing things that you want to do?
Making mistakes is not always a bad thing. Mistakes cause you to analyze what you have done, then make adjustments so you do not repeat the mistake.

This doesn’t mean you don’t take time to prepare and plan.  You need to prepare, plan then take action! - only then,  will you be able to take steps toward your own success.

Perhaps a first step to action is simply going out and meeting creative people like you.  If you’re located near Berkeley, try by starting your Tuesday mornings with coffee and a walk with us.  Details are here,   All you have to do is show up and  look for the big “kids” with the scraped knees and smiles on their faces.  If your not near Berkeley,  look around on your social media pages, for groups near you, or hit your smart phone contact list and call a friend you haven't seen for awhile and invite them  for lunch or coffee.

Would you like to share a success that happened as a result of you trying something new?  I would love to hear about it in the comment section!

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