How my 7 year old daughter taught me something.
Strange to think, but you can learn things in the strangest ways.
My daughter is 7 going on 27 sometimes. She's been struggling with her maths homework, in fact she's been struggling with it generally for sometime. Her reading and writing on the other hand is on another scale. She cruises the pages of her books like a child 2 to 3 years her senior. She's currently writing a story which currently has a word count of nearly 800 words and still growing. Who knows, maybe I have a budding blogger in my midst.
I have meant to write my first post for a little while, but with so much activity, it's hard enough trying to concentrate on the training, let alone write inspirational blog posts in this fantastic community. But, what has become apparent is that it's all part of the process of our own development.
My daughter tells me she can't do it, it's hard, 'I struggle with it, dad!' She tells me. I keep telling her she can do it, you are just not use to it. If you don't feel comfortable with it, we'll practice it together. All we need to do is practice your 'times tables' for 5 - 10 minutes a day. She does everything to avoid practicing. I call it her distraction techniques and she's very good at it! Why, because I'm good at it too.
What I have realised, this is a process we go through all the time, myself included.
- She feels like she will never do it. Tick, that is me.
- She feels like she may fail. Tick, that is me.
- She feels like she is confused and overwhelmed. Tick, that is me.
- She feels like she is not progressing. Tick, that is me.
But I know the answer is: work on it but, in small bite size chunks and be consistent.
The answer stares us straight in the face, but we just do everything to avoid it.
So.... don't avoid it, just take action and get on with it, embrace the challenges we set ourselves and eventually you will become great at it. To be uncomfortable in something is a good thing, its when we really grow as a person.
I have a little saying 'If its easy.... its not worth doing'