You might be thinking, wow Monique that’s not a very nice way to start!
Let me just give a little WARNING on today’s post. If you’re easily offended, don’t want to change or grow or learn anything new, don’t read any further.
When I included #11 in my book Celebrate Life 365 Ways it was one that had loads of personal meaning. When I read “Learn to do something you never thought you could”, I hear my gut saying prove yourself wrong!
The first thing we gotta do if we’re going to tackle #11 is we’ve got to look at who we think we are. You know what I mean…
I’m not the athletic type.
I’m not the smart one.
I don’t like veggies.
I’m can’t draw.
I’m not social.
These kinds of things keep us from even thinking about…
Going yoga class.
Writing a book.
Learning how to cook.
Taking an art class.
Joining a singles group.
I recently read about an 109 year old blogger for crying out loud! Do you think she got her blog started by saying, oh I’m too old to learn that computer stuff, I’m just not the techie type?
I’m here to remind you that you might have yourself all wrong. You just might be a little like me…you might have formed your “type” incorrectly. Let me give you two examples…
I was so great at Spanish in college that my professor told me I’d never learn a foreign language. Yet when I moved overseas in 2000 I had no problem learning Albanian.
I never saw myself as particularly athletic or strong. But when I started yoga six years ago I was amazed at how much I loved it.
It might seem a little dramatic to say but if I had never learned just these two things, my life would be very different.
The only reason we don’t learn new things all the time is because we are not willing.
We are not open to the possibility.
We’ve decided that it’s better to stick to what we know,
with what we’re comfortable with and
with what we are pretty sure we won’t fail at.
Here’s a few things I’m in the process of learning…
The world of publishing and PR
How to be nice to myself
Being responsible for only myself
What I would do for free
When was the last time you learned something new?
When was the last time you proved yourself wrong?
What’s your #11?
Hungry for More, Monique Alvarez p.s. If there are typos, spelling or grammar mistakes in this post don’t worry about. Those are the kinds of things I’ve worried about for FAR too long. It’s time to just get it out and who cares if it’s not perfect, it’s from the heart!