“You don’t have to be an expert to be successful. Amateurs started Google and Apple. Professionals built the Titanic.” — Unknown
Maybe Nike has it right: “Just do it.” Or, as your therapist may say—and as I’ve been known to occasionally say to my patients—“Feel the fear and do it anyway.” (This isn’t original. There’s a well-known self-help book by this same title from some years ago.)
Sometimes if we can’t see the whole picture, we don’t even entertain the notion. Or if we don’t know how it’ll end up, we shy away from starting the process at all. We are fearful that there’s no guarantee. We don’t like change. We’re afraid to fail, afraid to be humiliated, afraid we won’t be strong enough to pick ourselves up again.
Freedom begins the moment you decide not to believe any of that. We learn best from our stumblings, and every baby step we take is an accomplishment, a success—if you choose to look at it like that. Remember how the journey of a thousand miles begins.