Wait a second.... You mean to tell me that you were not able to walk the moment you were born?! Not even a few days later?? Kay, but you must have been able to the first time you tried, right?!
No. Of Course Not!! That just sounds bizarre!!!
And now you're wondering... alright Miss Meagan, where is this even going?
I want you to think back to when you were born. No, you probably don't remember, but you can all. probably say the same thing... You were not able to walk right when you were born. When you began to learn how to walk, you probably had to try over and over. You probably fell over and over too! Let's just say, maybe you fell a thousand times before you were able to really walk! Sooo, in essence, you failed a thousand times before you succeeded!!
Now I want you to think about running. Once you could walk, running came next. You likely tripped and fell a few times before figuring out the whole running thing. You might still trip and fall a few times when you run (and that's ok... life is a work in progress!).
Now, we're going to shift our mindset a little... When we are learning a new skill, like a pirouette or a Russian Jump, we often start getting discouraged after just a few good tries... We then start getting down on ourselves, we start the negative self-talk, and are convinced we can't do it.
Why do we think that as soon as we step into the dance studio that we should be able to do anything, and right away too!
Why do we try a few times, and shuffle off the floor to sulk and get down on ourselves. "This sucks, I can't do it. I have tried five times already and I still don't get it. I am giving up - this is useless."
Kay, so now sub in walk and run... imagine your baby-self saying: "This sucks, I can't walk. I have tried five times already and I still don't get it. I am giving up - this is useless."
SO SILLY RIGHT?!
AND, one could argue that walking is an innate skill. It's a milestone our bodies are "programmed" to reach. Dancing, skating, hockey, gymnastics... these are all special learned skills. These things can take even longer than something that is more innate.
We can all do anything we put our minds to! ANYTHING! Sometimes it's going to take longer than we expect, but that's okay!
We need to believe in ourselves and trust the process. We need to know that things take time and dedication.
Yes, you CAN! Yes, you WILL! Maybe not today or tomorrow, but you WILL!
Chin up lovelies!
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