I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I like to get things right. I like to be able to understand things right away, connect with others deeply, complete workouts well.
However, it doesn’t always happen.
At the moment, I’m trying out quite a few new things. As exciting as that it is, it also means that there is a lot of room for error, for ‘failure.’
I know that any sort of progress or proficiency takes time, but that doesn’t stop my initial reaction from not getting something right away to be one that is negative.
I pick up a complicated research article to read, and I think to myself, ‘I can’t understand this.’
I miss when trying to hit a new deadlift record, and I think to myself, ‘I wasn’t able to lift it.’
I meet a new group of people, and I think to myself, ‘I don’t belong.’
Just typing those sentences makes me feel frustrated. They make me feel incapable. They leave me feeling inadequate and incompetent.
Enter the word ‘yet.’
I’m amazed at how adding this simple word to the end of my sentences has changed my mindset and perspective.
‘I can’t understand this, yet.’
‘I wasn’t able to lift it, yet.’
‘I don’t belong, yet.’
‘Yet’ gives me hope. It reminds me about my potential. It helps me stay positive.
Most importantly, it gives me the desire to try again.
So, if you ever find yourself feeling frustrated and unable to do something that you would like to be able to do, adjust your mindset and incorporate the word ‘yet’ into the way you speak to yourself.
It’s not that it isn’t happening now; it’s just that it hasn’t happened yet.
Believe in yourself.
Never give up.
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