Thursday, February 28, 2019

Within your first year after being born, you learn to walk. It may be one of the hardest things you've ever accomplished. You build up the strength and discover balance and then discover gravity in a very harsh way. When you think about it, you literally have to throw your weight forward, as if to fall, and then catch yourself. It takes a lot of practice and patience. There are so many literal bumps and bruises along the way. You watch others and learn. You test what works and what doesn't. You fail and try again. You get a little farther and then try again. Before long you are walking. And then, as if you've been doing it all your life, you are not only walking, you begin to run. A few years later, you repeated the process and learned to ride a bike: balance, momentum, failure, learning… balance, momentum, failure, success.
As you get older and more distracted, you lose patience for that method of learning. There's a lot of falling and you learn from your mistakes. There are so many skinned knees and hurt feelings. It's interesting how we let life get in the way of life.
What would happen if you applied that effort and dedication to everything you did? What would happen if you wanted something so badly that you stopped the unnecessary things and released all of the distractions to perfect that one goal? How would you feel about yourself if you took the necessary time to explore something new and make it yours? You already know you have the ability – you've done it before. You've already had the dedication and determination – you've done it before.

Joel Yeast