When infants want to master something, they keep at it until it’s happened. So when my little guy took his first tentative steps, it didn’t matter how many times he fell, bumped his head or flew to the floor face-first. He got up – sometimes after a day or so of regaining his nerve – to try again. Over and over.
It was amazing.
Children’s motivation is strong and clear, and their efforts to achieve something they really want – be it learning a skill or getting a toy – are powerful and tireless.
But what about us adults? At some point over the years, maybe after being knocked around a bit, some of us subconsciously start to make decisions – even about things we’re passionate about – out of fear: fear of upsetting people, failure, success, getting hurt, being embarrassed, looking stupid, risking our job, rocking the boat or simply changing the status quo.
As the years pass, it’s easy to allow layers of obligation and expectation (others’ and our own) to dampen our motivation and courage so that we simply ‘stay the course,’ avoiding the bumps and pitfalls of stepping off the path to explore something new.
So what if we look at things from a child’s viewpoint? What if we allow ourselves to acknowledge what we really want in life and, out of sheer determination, just go for it and step into the unknown?
I have two friends who recently started new ventures. They realized their potential, faced their fears head-on and took a leap of faith. Totally inspiring!