Series: The Destructive Power of Self-Inflicted Pressure
I heard a great quote once that goes like this:“Those who are smart know what they know.Those who are wise know what they don’t know.”
When I heard this quote it made me realize how much I chase knowledge and drive to “have it all figured out”.I can easily ignore the things I don’t know because the unknown feels uncomfortable.
In fact, I notice in myself an expectation to “get it right” the first time I try to do something.This is a pretty silly notion because anything that is worth doing takes time to learn.I couldn’t just pick up the guitar for the first time and know how to strum, do chord shapes and put them all together to make a song.It took years of practice and training to do this.And yet there are so many things in life that I expect to be able to skip the practice and training in.I get frustrated and behave harshly towards my limited ability or what I perceive as failure.
The beautiful thing about the unknown in our lives is that it inspires curiosity.It makes ask questions, seek help, go beyond our comfort zone to find answers and persevere.The new and risky things feel less safe but are also the things that drive us to be better and grow.We can move forward when we can embrace our limited knowledge for what it is and get curious.
Take the pressure off:by cultivating curiosity instead of forcing control
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