Start now

Day 125.

Start now. You don’t have to be good to start; you start to be good!

I remember teaching someone how to use something. Gave that person some primer — just enough pointers to get her started or primed (i.e. prime the pump with water… put something (water) in before you get anything out (more water)) to get her to start working and discovering things by herself. Then I asked her to give it a try. A week later, I found out that no ‘try’ has occurred.

I asked what was her thought process that led her not to try. Get this.., I did not use the word ‘why’… I used the word ‘what’. ‘Why’ puts people on defensive stance … ‘what’ puts people on reflective stance.

She said: ‘I want to be good at this thing — want to read more about it… get more training — before I can try it.’

She did not act. Paralyzed. Analysis paralysis?

Each one of us has to develop the ability to act.

If the result is not the desired outcome, then learn from the outcome and try again!

Babies learning to walk keep trying until they start walking… why can’t you? Then they take that to the next level … better walking … faster walking… running … etc.

You have act right now…with what you have… learn… and evolve!

I said: ‘you start trying now with what you have and what you know… discovering things as you go. Learning by doing is key. Progress — not perfection — is key. Start now is key. You don’t have to be good to start; you have to start to be good.’

Poke around. See what happens. Observe. Reflect. Adjust. Think what to do next with the failed attempt at the background and the knowledge gained from it as input to your plan on the next attempt. Then try again. Have fun along the way. Learning is heightened at moments of levity.

‘Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly until you can learn to do it well’— Zig Ziglar

And she tried. Took those baby steps. The rest is a success story.

By Clarence Galapon

CE, MBA, Lean Agile Coach, Trainer, Teacher, SPC, RTE, PSM, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, PMP, CC, ABNLP NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, NLP Coach, NLP Trainer, Practical Psychologist, Life Coach, Software Executive, Entrepreneur, Author, Investor, and Innovator with a Creative, Lean, Agile, and Wander mindset.

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