I know how to do a lot of things. I can add up columns of numbers in my head. I can write murder mysteries for our Halloween party. I can grow crystals on charcoal (a very useful skill…if you’re a science teacher). I can change a bicycle tire. I can lay tile. I can grow a vegetable garden.
But I often have a hard time admitting I don’t know something, especially when it’s something I feel like I should know. What I’m discovering though is that I want to be different. I want to be able to ask more questions. If I can admit I don’t know all the answers, it is easier for me to learn.
The more I admit I don’t know, the faster I grow. I have developed so much over the past few years. I have achieved more than I ever thought possible and now I realize how much further I can go. I am more aware how I can get there, and it all starts with admitting how little I know.
By asking questions I begin to seek the answers. It is up to me to decide. It is up to me to admit that it is absolutely impossible to know it all. By admitting this I can choose to learn and grow. And there are so many ways for me to find the answers.
1. I read. I read a lot. I read books about growing as a person. I read articles about reaching goals. I pay attention to the message that is being conveyed, but also how the authors choose to share their points. I’m studying not only their lesson but also their method for conveying the information.
2. I connect. I connect with people who have qualities I want to possess. I connect with others who have achieved goals I want to achieve. I learn from both their successes and their failures.
3. I take risks. I take risks instead of always playing it safe. I risk failing instead of letting fear hold me back. I put myself out there. I share my thoughts and ideas and open myself up to criticism. Because I know that the only way to succeed is to allow myself to risk failing.
4. I meditate. I meditate to clear my mind of all the thoughts that clutter it, the self-critical voice of doubt. I meditate to connect with my more creative ideas, the ones I can only reach when my mind becomes still.
5. I follow. I follow people on social media who inspire and motivate me. I follow people who are continuously putting positive ideas out into the world. I follow others who are an example, who do the things I want to do.
I choose to open my mind. I have decided to ask questions instead of pretending I have all the answers. I will do this today, and every day. Each day brings me closer to realizing my dreams.