Learning Something New – Widening your Horizons


skills-31 (Photo credit: Vancouver Island University)

Have you ever avoided doing something because it was too hard or too scary? Have you ever not learned a new skill because you were afraid you’d make a mistake or just look silly? If you’re like most of us, you’ve been there – done that. And like many people, you’ve missed out on a great deal of fun and opportunity because you were afraid to learn something new.

Think of things you’re good at. Now remember the first time you did that activity. I bet you weren’t very good. Actually, if you’re like me, you had to try, try, and try again before you got into the swing of things. Am I right? Yet it was the conscious, consistent practice of that new skill that ultimately made you proficient and confident that you could do it. Think about how good you felt when you finally got it right.

No question about it, learning a new skill is hard, it’s scary, and at times it’s embarrassing. In the past each time I tried something new and didn’t get it the first time, I wanted to give up. It felt like the end of my world. But I didn’t give up. There are even days when I know what I’m doing and still feel like I’m off the beam. And on those days, I just don’t give up.

Today I know whatever I’m experiencing is part of my learning process, whether it’s using my computer or speaking in front of an audience. My job is to remain teachable.


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