The fear of doing something new for the very first time is indescribable. Setting standards for yourself to a perfect start is unfair. We all have been through it at some point in our lives. It is a sort of terror that hinders the hidden potential in us to be explored. Were you anxious when it was your first day at school, your first presentation at university, or a first job interview? We all face anxiety while feel like running away to hide from the view so that we don’t have to do it. It is pretty normal for a human being to behave like that. I have had the same process going on within me whenever I wanted a great start to quality results until I realized you don’t have to be good enough for the first time.
There are so many reasons which are in favor of starting new things and giving you a chance to be successful in life
Realizing you don’t have to be good to make a start
Do you know? The foremost and toughest is the initial step for a great start. Once we become determined to give it a go, things get to flow in the right direction one by one. I won’t be wrong to mention that how come we know if we are good at something or only if we haven’t done it? No one is perfect to start and master it on the very first attempt. You don’t have to be great to start; in fact, you just need to understand the dynamics of this rewarding process.
Overcome the fear of; you don’t have to be great to start
Have you ever asked yourself why you are afraid of a great start? I’ll be honest; we all are so much overwhelmed by the word “Perfection” that failure is not accepted by our brains.
When I was naïve I did the same mistakes, until I found out you can always thank your failures for letting you know you shouldn’t be here. I strongly believe that every failure takes us a step ahead of our success.
Making mistakes – You don’t have to be great to start
How many times have you been told that making mistakes is normal? But do we endorse that on to ourselves? Why do we become unforgiving for ourselves when it comes to making mistakes? I’ll tell you why; we have set some high standards of being right all the time. How is that even possible? You don’t have to be great to start, because no one can live perfectly without making mistakes. This is how life works. It is a continuous process of making mistakes, learning, and improving. If you tell me you have never made mistakes, I would suppose you haven’t been growing in life. Mistakes make you grow, they polish you, and they groom you.
Embrace your imperfections
I have spent many years of my life searching for perfection. I totally get the point of perfection is a good trait. But let me tell you something interesting, you cannot be perfect at everything at the same time. Everyone has a different area of expertise; you may be a master at one but can be average or even bad at others. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be looking for a great start collaborative. We can move ahead with our imperfections, and still, be successful.
After all, you don’t have to start to be great. Imperfections tell you to calm down your nerves and accept the fact of not being perfect all the time.
Risk needs to be taken
Interestingly achieving anything unusual requires an extraordinary kind of effort. If you are expecting to become a motivational speaker, sitting in your living room watching Netflix series won’t make that happen, my friend! You have to get out of your comfort zone; you should learn to take risks. Risks are thrilling, they ignite the obsession of getting the impossible done. They also teach that you don’t have to be great to start. A great start to quality may be a challenging risk for you, but it will make your life interesting and adventurous.
It gives you confidence
Imagine it was your first day at your first job, your boss gave you a short assignment for preparing a power-point presentation with animations. You had used power-point before but had no idea of using the animations. However it’s your first job’s first day, so you are all in to impress your boss. Being anxious about not making any mistakes, you start making the presentation while you search on Google how to add animations. It took you two hours to make 10 slides. When you were done, your boss appreciates your first attempt despite knowing there were still some flaws. But your morale is boosted because you managed to deliver it.
Next time you get to do a task like that, you will do it better and shortly. It had been an experience of a great start to quality for you. You don’t have to be great to start every time you do something. But I can assure you that trying and experiencing new things gives you the confidence to take on more challenges. You get used to that feeling of adopting a change.
It will be worthwhile
Did you ever ask yourself why should you be even trying to do something that makes you drain emotionally and mentally? Because for some people getting out of their comfort zone is a very big deal. While those who genuinely want to grow will give it a chance at any cost.
Is it even worth it? I know we ask ourselves this mighty question for everything we are about to do.
Let me share my experience with you, I believe trying it is better than not trying it. Even if we fail at least we’ll get to know this wasn’t the right option for us. But, who knows you may find your success without knowing that it is a great start to quality. But aiming for something higher than your capacity is always a challenge towards improving your standards.
“Shoot for the Moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”.
(Norman Vincent Peale)