I have found that the best way to begin a new task, or move towards a new experience, is to dive in head first. No thought required, no second-guessing, no “if” or “when”. Just do it!
Over thinking a possibility often leads to paralysis. If I think too much about what I would like to do, I often end up not doing it. The discussion I have in my head eventually convinces me that inaction is best. And this inaction often leads to “should haves” and regrets.
Over thinking: a result of adulthood and a university education. I look at young children and see how they approach living: with a zest for life and the thrill of every new experience. They do not think of consequences. They do not have a fear of failure. Instead they move forward with curiosity and examine what is in front of them. Some with trepidation, some with assurance. And yet all with a lively interest in what is ahead of them.
How hard it is to be child-like again. And yet what rich experiences I could have. So I try to dive in. A new task? I am ready to learn. An unknown experience? I will try to move forward. At times with trepidation, at times with assurance. And at times hopefully with the grace of an experienced diver.
Do you dive head first into experiences?
(This post was inspired by Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday. The prompt today is Dive).