A Beginner’s Thrill

August 10, 2016


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It’s not everyday that you get to earn the title of ‘beginner.’ Recently, I’ve found myself collecting ‘beginner’ badges with enthusiasm, more than any other time in my life. My most proud ‘beginner’ moment was finally signing up for swim lessons this past winter. I’ve relied too long on inflatable swans and dodging summer camp swim tests.

After some careful consideration and 20+ years of procrastination, I finally signed up for classes with 4 other women. I was scared many times but showed up every class and owned my ‘beginner’ status. Who cares if there were 4 year-olds next to us with a better crawl stroke — I was in the pool and making it happen. I even took the time to practice outside of class and search YouTube for videos on swim strokes. Learning more and more about swimming made me want to do it more. Although, (spoiler alert) I won’t be swimming in the upcoming Olympics — I can now swim laps and I appreciate the willingness to try something you’ve never done before.

A beginner is unrelenting, energized, and always learning.

A theme we hear many times from our customers is that "we’re not ready to abandon our current method of planning" or "we’ll never be able to get this started".  This is the perfect opportunity for organizations, and specifically, organizational leaders, to embrace being a 'beginner' and lead the organization. It’s OK to say we’re a beginner at better decision making. It’s OK to say we’re a beginner at better planning. It’s OK to say we’re a beginner at better strategic alignment.

It’s never too late to start something new. Or change the way you currently do something. Whether it is at work. Or with your friends. Don’t settle for the status quo.

Being a 'beginner' is scary and humbling and exhilarating. What 'beginner' status are you going to tackle today?