In the Orlando Science Center, they had a sign that read, "Experiment. Experience. Explore. 'Do not touch' isn't in our vocabulary."
I love that philosophy. Not only for a science center, but also for life.
Dive in! You never know how well you can swim until you're in over your head.
"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Almost everyone wants to live a life of meaning and impact, whether or not they consciously express that desire. To put impact into our story, we must do things outside our comfort zone. And we must make changes we may find difficult. We often avoid trying to make those changes. And although not everything that we face can be changed, nothing can be changed until we face it. To put impact into our stories, we must take action.
Being passive may feel safe. By doing nothing, nothing can go wrong. But while inaction cannot fail, it cannot succeed either. You can wait, and hope, and wish. But if we do, we miss the story our lives could be.
We cannot allow our fears and questions to keep us from starting.
Are you tempted to wait until an ideal time? Are you worried that if you start on this journey without knowing exactly where to go or what to do, you might not do well? Are you worried you might fail?
Let me help you by telling you something you need to know: you won't do well the first time you do anything. You don't know what you're doing when you start. No body is good at the beginning when they're trying something new. Get over it!
Novelist Earnest Hemingway said, "the first draft is always crap." Although he didn't say crap. And he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. If you want to live a life that matters, a life of impact, don't start when you get good. Start now so you can become good.
I've never known a star athlete who started out good. We all start out as beginners, and with practice, some become good, others become great. Everyone starts off bad, regardless of what they're practicing for.
We start so we can improve. We start before we're ready because we need and want to get better. The idea is to deliver our best each time we try until one day we become good. Then one day, we may even have a chance to be great. That's growth. But we won't evolve if we don't start.
Start before you're ready.