When I set out to learn a new skill, there’s a phase in the beginning where I feel stupid because I’m being challenged by something I’ve never done before. Whether it’s learning to read music, mastering a piece of software, learning to fly, or pumping my own gas ( I live in Oregon where we have laws against me doing that), there’s an initial awkward feeling that raises questions and doubt regarding my ability to grasp and apply what I’m attempting to learn. This is a time when it’s very easy to quit because our doubt is high and our ability is low.
Whenever I feel like this, I reassure myself with the following thought: “Every day thousands of people are successfully doing what I’m trying learn today”
Now I’ve never been accused of being the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I’m also far from the dullest. As experience has shown me, I am quite capable of learning new skills and grasping complex topics. I’ll the same could be said of you.
I think we’re all susceptible to feeling overwhelmed and frustrated when we’re in the beginning stages of learning something new. However, I also think each one of us is capable of positively resetting our minds by reminding ourselves that several other people, just like us, have pursued and mastered the same thing we’re attempting to learn. And, just like we are now, they likely struggled doing it.
May we be encouraged by their success.