There is so much that might push you back. Whispers for you to retreat.
It’s the butterflies in the stomach and the insecurity of “I’ve never…”
As it comes to the challenges we face in life or the new opportunities that come beckoning, there will always be this twinge within to simply pass.
But there is also a simple truth if you do:
If you don’t attempt, you eliminate your ability to learn.
Learning can only occur within the attempt. Trial and error can be a teacher if you let it.
The other week I got to do something I never pictured myself doing. I got to be a real ranch hand as we branded cattle. If you know me, you know this is not me. It was my own City Slicker moment. But definitely something I never would have imagined, nor regretted.
In the middle of experiencing something new, I learned. I was reminded of some things. I also got some great sermon illustrations:)
But I wouldn’t have gotten those nudges and insights if I had passed on the opportunity. I needed to attempt in order to learn.
So much of our lives in parenting, in the workplace, or in leadership call for this commitment of the ‘attempt’. Part of growing, adapting, stretching as leaders, in business or in building and investing in your family – will flow out of what you attempt.
You can’t learn and change, if there is no attempt.
So: what is before you this season that is nudging you to try something different, experiment with a new way of facing a challenge or to attempt a new approach to the problem before you?
Attempt it. Then learn and adapt. Don’t shy away or shrink back.