Being New at Something is Hard!

Dear Readers,

Do you see yourself in the photos above? Well, I do.

I am the “new kid” at my job and while it is great to learn new things. it is also frustrating, mainly because I am new and don’t know “all the things” like I did at my old job.

Right, it’s a new job, therefore newness and uncertainty is baked right in, no waiting!

I decided to write about this today because I keep seeing a commercial from Rosetta Stone about learning a new language and it so completely encapsulates that feeling.

If you haven’t seen it, I will tell you, the voiceover talks about “to get good at something, no shortcuts, no secret passwords, you have to be pretty bad at something for a while and that’s the first step to being even a little bit good at something”.

That’s how I feel right now.

It’s been so long for me to be COMPLETELY NEW at something that I TOTALLY forgot how it feels.

My good friend Alan reminded me it’s a little bit like when I became a Mom. Wayyyyyyyy harder than I thought it would be, and I definitely walked into that one with eyes wide open, and it was still hard.

Every single day, I pick up a new facet and that builds on to the next, then to the next, and I am confident it’s all going to come together any day now.

i will say it helps to know that this is a lot like when I learned French.

i really struggled at first and thought about dropping the class, but my professor made all the difference. He was dynamic and interesting and deftly maneuvered between French and English and I thought, “I want to do that” and for a while I did.

When in the middle of difficulty, I find it very encouraging to head back to my “greatest hits” of things I have done that scared me, but I did them anyway.

Here are a few-

So, what are you attempting to learn or do that you have never done before? Maybe you are learning a new language? Maybe like me, you started a new job, with new responsibilities and are struggling. If so, take heart, dear reader!

Remember, at one time, EVERYONE was NEW at something and they sucked at it even more than you do, but they kept going and you should to.

Think About It!


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