What would be possible if you approached the world the way a toddler does?
I had a chance today to sit and do my writing in a coffee shop (normally I write at my kitchen table watching as the sun comes up). And right across from me is a little girl and her dad. The little girl looks like she is about 2 and her sweetness really catches your eye.
Just imagine this – she is sitting at a chair with her head just high enough over the table that she can reach her plate. Her plate has a muffin on it that is, honestly, about as big as her head!
While her dad walked a few steps away to get something else for them, she picked up and began to examine the muffin – clearly trying to figure out how to tackle something so yummy looking and yet not knowing what might work the best. Do you start where walnuts are studded across the top? Or at the bottom where it looks easier to take a bite, or maybe around the edge, just nibbling all the way around? Suddenly she moved in and took her first bite! The smile on her face was infectious! Such joy at the first taste. But then she kept trying new things – one bite here, one there. Was one way better than another?
Beyond a cute small person, what I saw was a person who was motivated to succeed (that muffin looks delish), was prepared to examine the situation (the muffin) from all sides, and had no fear about trying one thing and then another (one bite here, one bite there, and so on!) to reach her goal.
What if we all did that? Approached new things from a place of curiosity rather than fear?
We know that fear of failure is the #1 killer of grand plans and good ideas.
When has fear most recently gotten in your way?
I know that most recently fear has prevented me from reaching out to some experts in my field to get their perspective on my coaching practice, and has prevented me from actually setting the date for my upcoming 3-month course…because, what if no one registers???
But what if I (and you) were to take some lessons from the toddler across from me?
I don’t know exactly what will happen, but if I try and fail, I will probably have learned something that I can use to do differently next time - kind of like "failing forward".
What about you?
Comment below and share with me the one thing that you’ll try using the small girl as a catalyst! I commit that I’ll reply back with the one thing I tried that day or week too!
To your bravest you!
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