I love starting something new, whether it’s a hobby, learning a new skill, or any other new endeavor in an area of interest. There’s so much anticipation, motivation, and momentum at the beginning. It really is an exciting time.
One of the reasons I think there is so much motivation and excitement at the beginning is because shortly after starting, things get confusing, and we’ll need that motivation to help carry us through the confusion until we start seeing results.
It makes sense that we would become confused soon after we get started, because we are attempting something brand new to us. Naturally, we don’t have a whole lot of experience in the area, so therefore, we’re going to have a lot of questions and get confused.
This is the point where most people give up on their worthy pursuit, because they can’t see past the confusion of what to do next, or how to do it. They lose sight of the potential results and give up way too soon. I know. I’ve done this.
Perhaps it’s time to change our perception of the confusion phase of this process, and look at what the confusion also holds for us, like:
- Opportunities to stretch our boundaries and comfort zone
- New experiences that increase our knowledge and capacity to move ahead
- The chance to meet new people who are doing what we want to be doing, and who can teach and encourage us along the way
- The sense of accomplishment we’ll experience when we make a breakthrough and overcome an obstacle that the confusion initially presented
Here’s the cool thing about confusion: it only remains until we take decisive action to move past it. If we want to remove the confusion, we simply need to seek guidance from people who have already done what we’re attempting. This can take the form of reading books, watching a YouTube video, or reaching out to someone and asking for assistance.
Where are you struggling with the confusion that occurs between beginning and seeing results? If you’re feeling overwhelmed and confused, that’s ok. Take a minute. Understand what you’re confused about that’s keeping you from moving ahead, and then take specific action to remove that confusion, like seeking guidance through reading, observation, or conversation with someone who can help.
Whatever that next action is, take it today. You’ll feel great about making progress, and be armed with a new-found confidence to help you tackle the next confusing obstacle you face. You’ll probably also be amazed at how much you’re learning and experiencing as you become more skilled at pushing through confusion.