When I am faced with a challenge, a part of me is excited with undertaking a new task and the other part worries whether I have the ability. Like every other person, I do not like to fail. Over the years I have realised it can take me a while to absorb information. As a result I give myself time to ensure I understand every step of the process.
There are subjects/tasks I will probably never excel in however determined I am. Mathematics being one of them! To this day I just cannot get my head around complex mathematics. I can however seek to improve my overall understanding of mathematics by attending an online or evening class.
Whilst studying for my Media Technology degree almost two decades ago, one of my modules was photography. I thoroughly enjoyed taking photographs but something went wrong when I stepped into the dark room to develop them. My peers were pleased with their developed pictures whilst my set did not develop well at all. I felt embarrassed and my tutor, the lovely man he was, advised me to retake some photographs. On developing my negatives the second time, again they failed to produce.
I recall my appointment with my tutor; I asked if I could make up my grades elsewhere as this module was clearly not working. He told me, in a matter of fact way that I should not allow anything to defeat me, otherwise it would always hang over me. I reluctantly took my third set of photographs, developed my negatives and they came out exactly as intended. I will never forget my tutor’s advice.
It is easier doing what you have always done but this will only ever bring the same results. Your actions will determine whether you accomplish what you have always hoped and planned for. You have to move on from “talking” to “walking”. It may well start with small steps but moving at all is a step in the right direction.
How often do you step out of your comfort zone?
What is stopping you?