I would love to....

Written on 05/10/2020
Jamie Gilliam

What is something you would love to do, but feel you can't?  Speak it out loud and write it down. The, think about this....

You want to do something in your life, but convinced yourself you can’t for one (or more) of these reasons:

You’re scared. You’re worried. You’re insecure. You’re clueless.

But you’re wrong.

You don’t need a pep talk to overcome these issues, you need some truth about your excuses.

You think you can’t do it because you’re afraid, but you’re WRONG.

Fear can’t stop you from doing something unless you let it.

You’re worried one thing might happen, but there are a million other things just as likely to happen instead.

The odds are something other than what you fear will happen.

The odds are on your side — remember that.

Go toward it.

You think you can’t do it because it makes you uncomfortable, but you’re WRONG.

Discomfort doesn’t prevent accomplishment — it precedes it.

How much discomfort have you survived in order to get that which currently makes you happy?

Has dealing with your family always been comfortable?

Did your career start in an easy place?

Does your art come easy?

Discomfort isn’t optional. It’s a prerequisite.

And it’s not a valid excuse.

You think you can’t do it because it might not work, but you’re WRONG.

Nothing’s guaranteed. Everything might fail.

Yet you pursue things and succeed in the face of this reality all the time.

Why should this thing be different?

A guarantee of success will never come, but you can guarantee failure by trying to avoid it.

You think you can’t do it because you don’t know how, but you’re WRONG.

Everything can be learned.

It may take time, may take years, but it can be learned.

There’s no excuse to not know how any more.

When you say you don’t know how to do something, you mean you’re not patient or determined enough to learn how. 

You can learn and become better at anything you set your mind to.  You just have to put in the time and effort. 

So, whatever it is you'd love to do (for me, it is learning to play the piano)...just go do it.  I've been telling myself for years that it is too late to learn to play the piano because: 

1. What's the point?

2. I am too old.

3. It will take too much time I don't have, and for what? 

Yet, I love the way I feel when I listen to the piano, and I love the way I feel even more when I play chopsticks on the piano.  So, I alloted 2x a week to learn basic piano.  It makes me happy.  It makes me feel good. Plus, I've always wanted to learn but was too involved in sport activities when I was growing up. My next mission is to be able to do a back handspring! Yep. I have never been able to do one, and now I am in my 40's.  I'm going to learn how. :) 

So, think about what you really want to do...big or small or silly, and go do those things!  You'll feel so much joy and sense of accomplishment.  You'll grow so much as a human being and realize, you can truly do anything you want in life.