Does anyone remember the above saying?
I heard it thousands of times growing up.
Do you ever wish you could do something? Anything in our control qualifies for this question. Things like, learn a new hobby, language or to cook, play an instrument, game, sport, or even practical things like save money.
I’m certain everyone at some point has said, “I’d love to be able to…”
What sometimes keeps us from trying these things?
Is it a confidence issue?
Is it not liking change?
Is it as simple as, we don’t like to risk failure?
Are the wishful activities that dance in our heads not worth extra time, effort and maybe risking not doing them perfect at first or ever?
After all wouldn’t “failure” be not trying them at all?
Say, if after a month you can only count to ten in the new language you’ve been studying, that should still be seen as success, right?
Even the “I wish I could…” which involves changing a current habit should be considered here.
What if after a week you’ve only saved 50 cents a day, that’s still saving, right? Plus, the following weeks goal could be simply increase to another reachable amount.
It’s common to get enthused by success, and discouraged by defeat. So, lets not make our goals for something new or habit changing difficult to reach.
Remember, even the tiniest accomplishment or change can help you reach the big goal.
Take someone whose “I wish” is to have a more organized house. Tackling it in small areas it’s not as overwhelming.
This makes me think of something I was once told years ago and I truly believe. “A messy, unorganized living space reflects what’s going on in your life.” Often physically cleaning up the clutter will help settle inner anxiety.
We should give ourselves easy goals to achieve, approach things in steps, and maybe lighten up a bit on our expectations.
Here’s something I’ve often wondered. When someone says they can’t do something for example cook, do they really mean “can’t” or is it they “don’t want to try”?
As adults we need to study the young. How do they learn to walk? Do they give up after the first fall? No, they do it in stages over time and with lots of effort. They sit, then stand, then move on to taking steps.
After spending a couple days with “Monkey” (our little grandson) it occurred to me that we are born with a tremendous amount of try in us. Anything new Monkey comes across that he wants to do he is persistent until he succeeds.
Perhaps in this time of Covid-19 you took a chance to try something that has been a wishful thought, or perhaps you tackled changing a habit.
Why as we age do we let the determination and persistence we are born with slip away?