Success Strategies | Commit to Being Really Bad

Do you remember the first time you tried to ride a bicycle without training wheels?

If you’re anything like most of us, you probably had to try it quite a few times before you figured it out. And even when you did manage to get the hang of riding a few yards down the sidewalk, it took a lot of practice before you actually became “good”.

One of my favorite childhood home videos is one my Mom recorded of me and this cute little pony I used to ride, named Donut. I was 7 years old and had just learned how to make donut trot (jog) — I couldn’t wait to show my Mom!

In the video, sweet little donut is trotting along while I bounced and flopped all over the place on top of his back. We were going in a tiny little circle around my trainer and when we stopped to take a walk break she said, “Okay, let’s try that again… but this time, let’s try actually smiling while you do it.”

I’ve now been riding horses for almost 20 years… I love that video because it is a fantastic reminder of how awful I was at something that is now like second nature to me. If I hadn’t been willing to muddle through that bumpy, uncomfortable, sometimes out-of-control period, I would have missed out on something that turned out to be one of the greatest passions in my life!

I’ve decided pretty much everything in life is that way. If you want to be good at something, you have to be willing to be bad at it first!

I remember how nervous I used to be when making phone calls to prospective business partners. I would stumble over my words, get tongue-tied and rush through what I was saying. I would sometimes take a 10 minute break between phone calls just to regain my composure!

Now, phone calls to prospects are actually fun! I am confident about what I need to say, and enjoy building that rapport with the person on the other end of the line.

Yes, to be good at something you almost always have to be bad at it first! Something else I’ve realized in life is that oftentimes, bad things even have to get worse before they can get better!

Rob and I are in the middle of adding on about 700 square feet to our home. This renovation project has been going on for about 3 months now, and is finally nearing completion!

When it’s finished, we are going to have some incredibly beautiful new spaces added to our house — spaces that make our life more convenient, and spaces to make new memories with family and friends. It’s going to be wonderful!

In order to get there though, things had to get a bit yucky. We’ve had to deal with the clutter, the unimaginable amounts of dust, having workers in our house all day and have currently had to vacate the premises for a few days while they stain and paint.

We had a beautiful home before… but to accomplish our goal we had to be willing to do a little backtracking and go through the mess that will eventually leave us with something even better!

This is such a good lesson to learn whenever it comes time to grow in any area of your life. Why settle for good when you can have great? Your “good” might have to get a little messy… but if you will push through it, you’ll end up with “great”, which is always worth it!

So no matter where you are or what you are doing in life, take a moment today to think about these two things:

Is there something new you’ve been wanting (or needing) to try that you’ve held back on because you know it will be difficult?

Make a commitment today to go for it anyway! Make a commitment to be as bad at is as you possibly can… and in the end you may end up with something that becomes one of your life’s greatest passions!

And if you’ve got something in your life that’s been good… think about what you can do to make it great! It might take learning new habits, developing new skills, or even a full-scale renovation… but make a commitment to yourself that you will NOT settle for good, when you were created for greatness!

Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another  steppingstone to greatness. ~ Oprah Winfrey

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