26 October 2015

Have you ever found yourself holding back from starting a new challenge because you’re not the best at it?

I had this very conversation with one of my team last week. We recently started to hold lunchtime yoga classes at UKFast Campus for the team. The lady in question thanked me for providing these classes and said that she’s keen to try but needs to practice first before joining the class.


The UKFast team on their first yoga session.

Whilst, of course, you attend the class to learn and being great at it before the class, almost negates its purpose, no one wants to look silly around people who are well-practiced. But we have to start somewhere.

“Every artist was first an amateur.” This was said by American poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, who became of the US’s leading voices of intellectual culture and is said to have influenced some of the world’s most famous writers. It isn’t about being the best from the get-go; it is about working toward goals along that journey to being the best.

I think we all too often forget this. Very few people are an expert in their field without putting work and effort into it.

It is also incredibly easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others, who may be more practiced in what we’re trying to achieve. You should never underestimate the value of learning from these people, rather than comparing yourself. It is something that I have learned along my journey as a businessman. I continue to learn from others every day.

Whilst I believe that when you’re starting a business, being the best is one of the three most important aspects of choosing your path; in our personal lives, we need to remember that we have to start somewhere.

As I sat on the beach with my family on holiday thinking about that conversation, I received a text from the UKFaster who’d completed her first class and loved it!

Amelia Earheart once said, “the most effective way to do it is to do it” and I couldn’t agree more. So, if there is something you’re holding back from for fear of not being the best, just do it! Get started on that path, set goals and you will be the best at it in no time at all.

Practice makes perfect after all.

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