How baby steps will help you believe and achieve.
My son Monty has just celebrated his first birthday.
A few weeks previous to this, I got a call in work from, an excited, Meagan, “Monty just walked!”
“What?! Oh nooo – I wanted to see that! Can you stop him from walking again, before I get home?”
“How do I do that?”
“I don’t know… pin him down?”
I got home and he walked again, as you can see from the video below.
I’ve re-watched that video over 20 times and after getting over the initial smiling phase, there’s one thing I noticed, Monty’s expression.
For the first 3 steps, he’s absolutely thrilled with what he’s doing. Then as soon as he realises he’s doing something he’s never really done before, his exhilaration gives way to doubt, tinged with fear.
That fear is the fear of the unknown.
This is unchartered territory for him. He’s not sure he can actually walk. He’s not done it before, so he doesn’t believe he can.
How is it possible to achieve something, if you don’t believe you can?
This leads to a crisis of confidence, in his ability to walk any further and he promptly sits down.
The thing is, I know he can and will walk, as does Meagan and Fred who are watching him.
There’s no stronger argument than evolution.
In fact he will, in his lifetime, walk the equivalent of twice round the world. The important point here is, he doesn’t believe he can walk, beyond the few steps he’s taken.
This is a great analogy for life.
We are all capable of doing a lot more than we realise. The only reason why we think we can’t do it, is because we haven’t done it, yet.
The only, essential, ingredient missing is belief.
We can only achieve it, if we believe it.