Don’t be afraid to be a beginner.

We feel like failures when we don’t know the answers. When we make mistakes. When we feel lost. When we feel unprepared. When we feel like we’re running in circles or into dead end after dead end.

But we’re not failures… we’re just learning. We’re just beginners.

Don’t be afraid to be a beginner… because if you’re honest with yourself… you will always be a beginner at something. In fact, you always should be.

Before I started to appreciate the beginner’s mindset, I was frustrated. All. The. Time.

I became frustrated when I didn’t know the answer, when I wasn’t making half a million dollars a year, when I wasn’t fulfilled in a relationship, and when I didn’t have a defined purpose that guided me.

I was frustrated because I wanted to know all the answers.

I was also super hesitant to do new things and put myself out there. Hesitant to write, to start my podcast, to dress how I liked, to act the way I wanted to…

I associated uncertainty with failure… when in reality the hesitancy was a result of being in a period of self-growth and self-evolution. I was a beginner in many aspects of my life – my career, my creative outlets, and my personal development.

Now, I’m really happy to say that I’m no longer afraid to acknowledge my beginner status. Embracing the new and unfamiliar is incredibly liberating. Instead of seeing every shortcoming or unknown as a failure, I see it as an opportunity for me to learn and grow.  Talk about freedom from your own self-doubt.

You’re not a failure. You’re just a beginner.

By accepting your beginner’s status, you alleviate the pressure to be perfect and open yourself up to the possibility of growth. It doesn’t matter if you’re 22 or 52. We’re all beginners in some aspect of life.  And guess what? That is hardly a bad thing.  It a great thing!

It is so freakin’ liberating!

I wake up each morning eager to be a beginner.

I don’t see pressure anymore. I don’t see pressure to impress, to know everything, or to immediately find success. I’m perfectly content with pushing myself from the perspective of a beginner.

Adopting a beginner’s mindset is the most authentic form of not giving a f*ck.

Stop driving yourself crazy and being frustrated with yourself for not knowing. Take pressure out of the equation. Take a step back from your ego and from your desire to know it all and to have it all figured out.

Be vulnerable with yourself.

Be open to being new at something. I promise you’ll start to live differently. You’ll start to see opportunity instead of frustration. Possibility instead of dead ends. Most of all, you’ll be happy with yourself as you evolve because you won’t have pressure weighing on you anymore.

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