Give Yourself Permission
To Do It Badly

Published by Rachelle Disbennett-Lee
Wednesday, December 26, 2001


Being a beginner is an uncomfortable feeling. Most people do not like not knowing how to do something. However, when we begin anything new we are going to be awkward at it. In the beginning, our motivation level will be way up, but our competency will be way down. It takes time to become good at a new skill. If we let go of having to look good, we can enjoy the process of learning a new skill. Being a beginner allows us the opportunity to be open to new experiences. When we know everything, we are not open to learning. Keep the beginner's mind and give yourself permission to do things badly. Always challenge yourself to learn more. Get comfortable with feeling awkward and not knowing. It is the only way you will continue to learn, grow and become a master at your craft.


The process is what teaches us what we want to learn. But most of us resist or at least are not comfortable with the process. In the learning process, we are inept and out of our comfort zone. When we are first learning something new we will do it badly and that is great. Those who have never done anything badly have never become masters of their skill.

What can you do badly today?

Daily Success Formula

Process + Learning + Willingness = Path to Mastery


"Lessons learned by ourselves have a greater value than lessons learned through others." Wayne Antaw

"Whether one has natural talent or not, any learning period requires the willingness to suffer uncertainty and embarrassment." Gail Sheehy
Coach Rachelle Disbennett-Lee


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