Life as a business coach sure does have consistencies. It’s funny what happens when I ask people to step up or meet a certain professional or personal challenge. Some people get excited at a new vision. However, most people feel they cannot do or attempt something new unless they know everything about it. They often express inadequacy, a fear of failure or disappointment. I would submit that their perspective needs to be broadened. Is it possible a way exists for them to step into the challenge? Of course there always is. So, if that is true, then what creates the hesitation?
If knowledge is the issue, that is easily solved. It just takes time and effort to attain it. Knowledge is available in abundance. If knowledge is so prerequisite to everything we try, then of course we will never grow, for we do not have enough of it at the time. Thus, we have what Thoreau describes: “Most men live lives of quiet desperation.” They are paralyzed by fear. Instead of growing and taking on new challenges, they would rather enjoy the comforts of their routines.
The fact is, knowledge is a commodity. We can easily access it and get it to enter into new roles, situations or challenges. It merely takes time and effort. However, most people are not willing to pay the price or have such an irrational fear of failure that they play it safe and thus, lose the opportunity to grow.
Don’t let your lack of knowledge or mastery stop you from trying anything new. In the end, it is only your ability to grow and learn that is portable. The rest is a commodity. Expand your abilities.