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Where Do I Begin?

August 1, 2022

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Sometimes, the answer to ‘Where do I begin’, is Start Anywhere.

The last few weeks, I’ve been at home in Canada (and a quick trip to Iceland) for a very fun visit with family and friends. It’s been a great time, capped off my last night at home with a Garth Brooks concert in Buffalo, NY.

You may not peg me for a Garth fan and perhaps you are not a Country music fan yourself, but I was introduced to Garth’s music back in the 1990s by a good friend and have appreciated his music ever since.

Last year I watched the Garth Netflix documentary, which I highly recommend. The man is truly a superstar musician and performer. In the Netflix documentary, we get to see his sincerity and integrity. He just comes across as very down to Earth and lovely. I became an even bigger fan.

So, when the opportunity to see him in concert came up in Buffalo, I jumped at it. I actually changed my return flight back to Lebanon so that I could attend the concert and I was not disappointed. The man knows how to put on a show. Amazing.

The point of this very long introduction is that before the show started there was a short video announcing the release of his new anthology in November.

In the video, he mentions that what you see of him in the first 5 years of his career, was that he felt very much like he was on some crazy ride, just trying to hang on for dear life, but in the second 5 years, you see “a captain steering his own ship”.

This statement really resonated with me.

I know I felt that way as I became a coach and started my own business, often times feeling like there was so much to learn and so much to do.

Others times, I felt that I was never going to be good enough and that people would judge me or not understand what I was trying to do. There was so much to learn, I was never sure that I would get a handle on it and couldn’t keep up.

But, the good news is, eventually, when you stick with it, you figure it out.

Become the captain of your ship

You will figure it out.

It is inevitable.

There will be fear and discomfort when you start something new. It could be messy and there will be some mistakes.

But that’s OK. That’s all part of the process.

Did I make mistakes? Absolutely.

But I love where I am right now.

I am exactly where I need to be.

Starting out is going to feel uncomfortable.

What if that means you’re doing it right?

What if feeling scared and uncertain means you’re right on track and nothing has gone wrong?

The absolute worst thing that can happen is an emotion.

Be willing to feel those emotions, and everything you want is on the other side.

Everyone has to begin somewhere.

In the same way we encourage babies to learn to walk, or children to ride a bike, we can encourage ourselves to take up something new with the identical love and support.

We know that they will have to fall and make mistakes, but we also know that it is part of the process and they are doing it perfectly.

We will tell them as much.

They celebrate them and their efforts along the way. And when they finally take those first steps or ride that bike, we will tell them we knew all along they could do it.

What if we talked to ourselves the same way?

What if we have the same belief in ourselves?

So, if you are asking yourself ‘Where Do I Begin’, there is no right answer.

Start somewhere.

Start anywhere.

Keep going.

It’s ok to be not have it all figured out. It’s ok to just take the next right step.

I know you can do it.

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