Following the Steps

Have you ever tried to learn something new, only to have it blow up in your face? I’m sure we’ve all had that experience; however, contrary to popular belief it wasn’t because you couldn’t do it. You can do anything you want, so why do so many people give up on their dreams before giving it a real chance? I realize there are too many reasons to list, so I will give you my reason, as a former “quitter” in hopes that it might help someone else with a similar problem.
I can honestly say I grew up an impatient perfectionist. If you don’t know what that is, I will try to use an example. When I was 12, I wanted to play golf. I got some clubs, and had my brother teach me the basics before we hit the course. I went to the driving range, hit a bucket of balls, then we were ready to tee off on a 9 hole stretch. I found the game to be pretty easy, and I beat my brother my first time out. I don’t believe in luck, and I know I wasn’t a natural, I just followed the techniques he taught me, and I used them.
The problem was that I expected to get better every time I played golf, but I didn’t put in the time for practice, and I never got any better, so I gave up. I have found this to be a common theme in everything I quit in the past. The point is, I expected to be an expert after learning a few basics; and I didn’t believe I had to put in the practice to improve. In short, I tried to skip steps to accelerate my journey and reach expert status. When I did that, I would lose confidence in my ability, and eventually quit.
I still find myself doing this, and it’s still causing problems, but I have started to learn things that I am now giving the time to practice, and I’m not giving up when trouble starts to show up.
Like I said before, there is nothing you can’t do. If your dream is to become a pianist, practice every day. If you want to climb the highest mountains, get walking. Find your passion, start at the beginning, practice every day, and let the journey take as long as it needs to take. This is the way to see the results that will build your confidence, and ability that will lead you to your dreams.

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