Best Advice I Ever Got
Which I Didn’t Understand Until I Used It
I was sitting in a religious meeting on a Sunday, taking my notes as usual. All the speakers had been great. Really had a lot to think about.
Then the last speaker stood up and started out with this.
“If you ever feel like you can’t do something, just do it.”
I was like, what the heck? Everybody knows that. I actually scoffed at it (and that is not a word that I use lightly).
It was a “duh” moment. Of course, that’s how you do something.
I was hung up on that for a while. Didn’t really focus on the rest of the meeting. I kept thinking how dumb it was to say that kind of thing (I have since repented, thank you).
One day, I was learning a language. But I wasn’t good at it. In fact, I was really really bad at it. Couldn’t speak. Could barely read. And I was in a different country. Most likely I would have died/become so lost that I would have wished I were dead if those words didn’t come back to me.
I was freaking out. Didn’t know how to get to my apartment. And then I heard those words in my brain.
If you don’t think you can do it, just do it.
And for some reason, that actually worked. I just opened my mouth and spoke. Was it great? No. It was probably just “hello” and “I’m lost” (I don’t remember as I’ve blocked out that memory).
But every time I’ve encountered something difficult, I heard those words.
And I just did it.
Oddly enough, every time I just did whatever it was that I thought I couldn’t do, it always turned out fine. Amazing? No. Average? For sure. Bad? Almost never, surprisingly.
That’s the difference-maker. Doing something.
Who knew it was that simple?
Well, I guess one guy did. Thanks again guy-who-will-not-be-named-in-case-you-end-up-reading-this.