Learning reduces umming and ahhing

Umming and ahhing is something we all do, especially, interestingly, about things that are more important or take us from our comfort zone.

Some of you may have noticed that my domain for this blog has changed from philipdodson.wordpress.com to philipdodson.co.uk – a domain that I purchased about 3 years ago to make the very change I did only yesterday!! Still, 3 years of umming ahhing isn’t too bad, I’ve done longer.

Also, you may have noticed, along with the new domain, there is a new theme too and no more ads from WordPress, again something that I have been umming and ahhing about doing for about 3 years or so.

Note to self:- changing these two things was super easy and it took less than an hour in total to map the domain, upgrade the plan, change the DNS and choose and customise the new theme.

So why didn’t I do it before? Why three years of umming and ahhing?

Well, fear, yes FEAR, fear that it wouldn’t work, it would be too complicated, I’d make a mess of it and the site would be ruined.

It took me out of my comfort zone, I’d never done mapping a domain before. I had done a lot of reconfiguring WordPress sites etc, although, again after overcoming fear.

So what causes the fear? Lack of knowledge and the risk of looking like an idiot, yes I know, at 51 I should be used to that!

How did I overcome the fear? Learning.

Pure and simple, instead of going round and round the vicious circle of fear and umming and ahhing, I decided to simply press the button, read the instructions, read a few things from a Google search of ‘mapping sites for simpletons’ and hey presto it was easy.

Therefore, just pushing the button, like taking the plunge, saying ‘screw it, just do it’ (thanks, Richard Branson) and then learning. It saves years of umming and ahhing and frustration.

You can only learn if you try stuff and that’s it, just try.

If we left walking until we were adults…

If we left learning to walk until we were adults, we’d be unable to.

Toddlers fall flat on their faces, time and time again, yet they get back upright and have another go.

Why? Because they have not spent years or decades talking themselves out of doing things and fearing falling flat on their faces.

Now, as adults, unless we’ve had too many beers, we’re unlikely to physically fall flat on our faces, but we do fall flat in so many other ways.

Instead of just getting back up again and rising strong, we shrink, we become fearful, we talk ourselves out of just doing it again, and again, and again, until we get there.

Richard Branson’s motto, another person who I am trying to learn more about, without evaluation, as I’d prejudged him, is ‘screw it, just do it’ and that is what the toddler says. Most adults say ‘screw it, I ain’t doing it’.

We have to fall over to learn, don’t stay too frightened to fall down.

If you haven’t guessed it yet from today’s and yesterday’s blog, I am talking to myself to get the f… on with things.