My daughter Kaya learned to swim when she was about 3 years old. When I say swim, what I really mean is “Doggy-Paddle”. She never swam under the water and now that I think about it, she rarely even put her face in – even after my constant encouragement for her to “just try it.”
Just before her seventh birthday she told us that she wanted a mermaid tail for her birthday. I told her that the mermaid tail would be pointless for her to use, unless she was going to swim UNDER the water. After all, that was what it was made for.
2 days later I walked in the door from work and took a peek outside and she is out in the pool swimming back and forth UNDER the water with some new goggles on that my wife got for her.
When I walk out onto the patio she screams “daddy look what I’m doing!” I was impressed.
“When did you learn that!?” I asked.
Her answer was jaw-dropping. It was one of those profound moments that make you just sit there and think for a moment. Also, it was so simple that it seems like the type of thing only a child could come up with it.
“I didn’t have to learn it, Daddy…..I just had to do it.”
I started to think about all of the ways we hold ourselves back. All of things in our lives that we aren’t going after because we think we need more experience or more knowledge or possibly the false story we tell ourselves about needing to learn something else before we even begin.
How many more things could already be accomplished, if we were to just do it?
What thing in your life could you just do, instead of procrastinating.
What thing right now could you be about, instead of just talking about?
Sometimes all it takes is the right motivation – no matter the size.
I’m not sure what you may be facing right now as you read this, but maybe it’s time that you stop doing so much thinking about learning it and start thinking about just doing it.