Masters Were Once Beginners

Last year I decided I wanted to learn to juggle. Both my husband and daughter can juggle, so I thought it wouldn’t be too hard to learn. Unfortunately, when juggling proved a challenge, I got frustrated and quit. I think I’m going to try again with more realistic expectations.

Changes are beginnings. When we step out in a new direction, we are beginners. We shouldn’t expect to become masters right away. It can be hard to be patient while we are learning a new skill or developing a new habit, but the only one way to improve is to keep trying.

When a child recognizes his first few letters of the alphabet, his parents cheer. They don’t consider him a failure because he can’t read a book. They acknowledge his effort and the small bit of progress, knowing that he will continue to learn more letters and eventually be able to read. 

As you pursue your goals and resolutions, remind yourself that this might take awhile. Just keep going…eventually you will get it.

8 thoughts on “Masters Were Once Beginners”

  1. So true and I agree that we are all beginners at one point and another in our lives with all sorts of things that we learn. So, what a great lesson to remind today as nothing is learned overnight and practice most certainly makes perfect 🙂

    1. I think back to when I was a beginning blogger. Wow, did I have a lot to learn! You were one of my “masters” in that, so thank YOU for all you do!

  2. Love this post! My son is working on learning to snap his fingers. We praise every little slight snapping sound we hear. Working on one hand first and then we’ll move to the other… baby steps.

    1. Never thought about how it is harder to snap with my left hand than my right… what a fun skill to try and master! He can be “cool” like the Fonz when he gets it. I look forward to hearing about that day:)

  3. In addition to organizing, I’m a parent educator. This wisdom applies profoundly to all areas and stages of parenting. Thank you for reminding me to use it with my own efforts. And can’t wait to see you juggle! 😉

    1. Fingers crossed I will stay strong this year and finally master this skill. I love that you are a parent educator – what a wonderful gift to give to parents!

  4. Well-I must admit I am not a patient person. I tend to think I can’t do it so I don’t try. Therefore I don’t learn to do a lot of new things. I will try to have an attitude adjustment!

    1. I need to work on that as well. I also tend to think I should be able to master things quickly. When I can’t, I get easily discouraged. Yet I have so much respect for people who hang in there and see longterm results. You and I both can work on this one!

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