How often have you heard the phrase: Look before you leap?
It’s a favourite of parents and child minders, whenever they are out and the children are running around jumping over things, and generally being children.
As those children grow and attend school they are taught the same principle over again in all things: “Look before you leap”. Be careful.
In many ways, the formative years of our lives are spent learning how to be restricted.
In adulthood, we are afraid and anxious to make any form of jump at all.
We are conditioned to be so afraid of the results of that leap that many of us choose not to leap at all.
Then there are the entrepreneurs, the ecommerce cowboys, those that will walk right up to the edge of the cliff or balance along the edge of the wall, but many won’t take that last piece of courage and just jump over.
That is a skill that’s lost to our early youth and we choose to perpetuate that by teaching it to generation after generation.
But what if instead we could learn from the children’s natural inclinations, and rekindle that courage, that fearlessness: to leap without thinking, just blindly trusting in ourselves that it will all work out right?
Just having faith…
Think of what we could accomplish without the fear of failure.
What is a failure anyway?
It’s merely a lesson that we have not yet learned how to correct.
A child knows nothing of failure, think about your own childhood, if something didn’t work out, did you view it as a failure for yourself or was it an adult telling you it was?
To us as children, it’s merely – Oh well that didn’t work out let’s just try it again slightly differently this time, eventually one of them is going to work.
Children are full of hope and wonder, enthusiasm and innovativeness, it’s only as adults that these traits are caged.
There are still things that we as adults can learn from our children, we just have to choose to see them properly.