I’m learning a lot at the moment, as I take more time to think about things and step back from the demands of a full time career. Spending every day with two small children is a real joy, and although it can be full on and sometimes a little ‘groundhog day’, I think we can take a lot from the way children approach life.
My little girl has just learnt to walk (here comes the fun!), and is busy following her toddler brother around at full speed! Just watching her over the last few weeks has made me think we could all do with adopting her approach – she would stand, and fall, get up,…… stand, and fall, get up ……stand, and fall over and over again. And yes whilst there were tears some of the time, in the main she just got on with it until she was successful. And she was so pleased with her self when she managed a few steps and was applauded by others.
As adults I think we tend to give up much more easily than we did as a child. Some of that comes from self confidence and being beaten down over the years, but we really should remind ourselves of our abilities and strength to succeed more often.
Children also throw 100% into tasks, and will keep doing things until they succeed, even if it is really dull. Sometimes, once they have achieved it they just move on and don’t do it again – proving it really is about just being able to do it. They are full of enthusiasm and vigour when they try something, and do so with a smile (most of the time!).
So I am going to try and approach those dull, hard, have-to-be-done tasks with a child’s attitude – and see how I get on! Watch this space…….