We came into the world as natural explorers and risk takers. I experienced this over the weekend as I observed a young guy, who probably was around 3 years old as he explored his newly found diving and swimming skills in the pool.
He would jump in swim to his dad, almost choke and cough out the water, get out of the pool, jump in and do it all over again. He did this over and over and over and over and over again. He was doing belly flops that must have hurt but it didn’t stop him. He was learning and experiencing all that he could with his new adventure. And his parents were cheering him on as he did it.
Eventually, with his confidence flying high and much to his dad’s dislike, he started doing back dives into the pool! It was amazing to see.
I was reminded that this is a natural approach to life as kids. But life happens along the way and as we grow older our programming teaches us differently.
Instead of exploring, we shy away from doing and experiencing new things. Instead of taking risks we play it safe. Instead of believing in ourselves and our amazing capacity to create and make things happen we believe that those things are just for the fortunate others.
Do our abilities, skills and talents diminish as we grow up? The answer is no. If anything they get better. The difference then has to be in the mind. It’s in our thinking. It’s the things that we were told and/or the things we experienced that helped us to form beliefs and habits. These very often were limiting beliefs stored in our subconscious mind and most of the time we operate from these limiting beliefs without even realizing it. We sort of accept it as our truth.
With focused effort we can change this!
With the help of a coach I have discovered how much this is applies to me and to most people.
We should explore this subject to the fullest like the 3 year old did his swimming. We should observe our limiting beliefs and habits and consider their validity and where they came from. We should welcome somebody into our lives to help us to see them and help us to do the hard work of changing them.
It’s simple and does come naturally as it did when we were kids. But it’s hard to go back to that mindset as adults. But it’s necessary in order for us to claim our best life.