When we're learning a new trade or skill, we want to go from newbie to expert in little to no time at all. While this sounds great in theory, there are many holes in this plan that can prevent us from achieving the maximum amount of success that is possible.
Being the beginner is important to appreciate in many aspects of life; new relationships, new careers, new adventures, etc.
I know from my own personal experiences that when I allow myself to be the beginner, I benefit more long term.
I'm typically the kind of person that does want to become the expert immediately. Why would you want to waste time in the beginning and intermediate stages? It would be so much better to just skip ahead and be pro at something...or is it?
Personally, I've learned that it is better to really enjoy the journey towards becoming an "expert" at something. The journey holds so many answers that you may not even know you're searching for. When you're appreciating the journey towards becoming pro, your gratitude for the end result is that much richer. The journey is where the fun parts happen; the growing, the forming, the expansion. It's important to bask in this time and appreciate what is forming around you.
When you allow yourself to be the beginner, so much pressure gets lifted from your shoulders. There's no stress to be the best or be perfect, because you're living in the current moment and appreciating what you ARE. Who you want to be is important to keep in mind, but it's also crucial to appreciate who you're being to get to that end goal.
Giving yourself permission to be the beginner strengthens the patience and trust that you have in yourself. It allows you to connect to yourself on a much deeper level and can teach you so much about who you are as an individual. The way you handle stress and the way you handle successes can both be learned from in this time of being the beginner.
You're being patient enough with yourself to know that you will reach that end goal one day, but are trusting yourself enough to know that you are doing your best and are learning all that there is to know.
When you release all of the stress that comes with being this perfect expert immediately, you give yourself so much more freedom. This in turn leads to better results. Having the freedom to just be in this moment is incredible.
Picture the beginning of any new venture as your time to be a child again. You wouldn't scold a child for not being perfect, would you? So why would you scold yourself? Give yourself permission to be an adolescent in this journey. Enjoy the process. The end result will be that much sweeter.
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