One of the hardest things for me to do is playing catch up.
This doesn’t refer to something new that I am curious about or want to become good at--it’s about catching up on things that I used to be good at or something I have lost momentum on. I have always felt a sufficient drive and enthusiasm in making the time to learn, practice, and execute something new. It’s been much easier to stay in the mindset of, this isn't something I want to be good at any more” (but not always more on that later).
This tweet storm titled “Some loose thoughts on ego, fear and losers” helped me realize the parallels between my attitude and the Aesop’s fable, “The Fox and the Grapes.” Something that seems unattainable has now been termed “sour grapes”; hence, it’s unworthy of my time and effort. This is a good rationalization, but it’s a blanket protecting me from my own fears between where I am and my expectation of where I want to be.
Much of this past week, I have tried to recollect times when I have succumbed to this behavior and why I didn’t go back to the original activity. There have been many reasons:
Having become aware of these reasons, I’m working to spend time improving upon my behaviors. Here are a few ways that have helped me over the years to get back into things and make catching up suck less:
There are 3 activities that I’ve been applying the above to. I will have more to share in the coming months on how effective the above has been for me and whether it’s been able to help me making catching up easier.