The Courage To Do A New Thing
When was the last time you tried something new? A new restaurant? Making a new friend? A new job or career? A new way of eating? A new sport? (Okay, that last one is a bit of a stretch for me, but you know what I'm saying).
New things can be scary, can't they? And if they're not scary - maybe they are not fun (enter new eating plan).
But what really keeps us from trying new things?
I've been thinking about this alot as I've pondered the business at One Foot. The fact is I'm trying some new things. Don't get me wrong - things are going well. But I'd love for them to go better. So, I'm trying some new things. One with a friend and one kind of on my own. They are things I've never tried before. And I have no idea how to do them.
In my journey over the last year, I've realized one little thing about myself. I like to do things right the first time. I don't like to mess up in front of people and have depended on my ability to get things done and do them well to find approval.
But the funny about trying new things - we are in uncharted territory. We have no idea what we're doing. We have lost control. And we might fail with everyone watching. And so sometimes we step out and try it anyway. And sometimes, we refuse to step out at all.
It takes courage to try something new. It takes courage to risk failing at something. It takes courage to learn while the world is watching. And that courage will change you and I from the inside and out.
So how do we muster up the courage to try new things?
Get comfortable with being vulnerable
There's no way to peel the band-aid off slowly. Doing new things equals being vulnerable. Doing new things means risking that others will see and watch us struggle. Doing new things means we may not do it right on the first try and lose control. Doing new things can bring with it a host of insecurities about how people perceive us and if we value who we are over what we do.
Brene Brown said this is her book The Gifts of Imperfection:
I don't know about you - but I don't want to betray myself by keeping the new ideas God is giving me to myself because I'm afraid of what others might think or of losing control. Vulnerability is part of the process. Vulnerability is also the pathway to wholehearted living for Jesus.
Give yourself permission to fail
I've been sucked into the Pinterest vortex. You too? So while I watch TV, I whip out my IPad and pin things. You know...recipes I'll never make (well I actually make these). Home improvements I'll never make (this one is true). Articles I'll never read.
But one of the things I pin is quotes for One Foot. One of my favorite quotes is:
Avoiding failure is to avoid progress
The reality for many of us is that we'd rather not fail at all. But failure is not the end - it's the beginning. Failing at things teaching us how to do things the next time. Failure teaches us about ourselves. Failure does not define us, God does.
So go ahead and try that new thing - in front of people. Trust the process. Grow as you learn. Be willing to be on a journey instead of having already arrived.
Feel The Fear - Do It Anyway
My secret to the courageous life is summed up in these 6 words. Feel the fear - do it anyway. The reality is that fear will always be with us. There will always be something new or intimidating or scary on our road. We can't go through life and not face the scary things.
The true character in life is how we face those scary things. Will we face them head on? Will we trust God to walk with us through the scary things? Will we step out in faith and put one foot in the water trusting that God is bigger than our fears and the new things that await us?
I have mixed feelings about my new things. I'm excited to roll them out to you, the One Foot Community. They are exciting and fun. And yet, since I've never done either of these - I'm not quite sure how this is going to go.
What I know is that is takes faith to walk in courage. And it takes courage to do new things. Walk in courage. Trust the process. And leave the results to God.
I'd love to hear from you! What new thing is God asking you to do? Let's encourage and support each other as we walk together. Leave your comment here or on the One Foot Facebook Page.