In school, Alejandro has just begun to be exposed to the concept of spelling – understanding that the letters he’s learning makes up actual words – and like a bee to honey, he is all over it.
Only problem is the word he’s saying and how he is spelling it are like night and day, oil and water, chalk and cheese – you get my drift.
The two are not similar by any stretch of the imagination because Alejandro can’t spell yet – but he doesn’t know this so he keeps on spelling.
Funny thing is that if I try to correctly spell that word he is saying, he ‘corrects’ me and says, ‘No Mummy, that’s not right, it is j-i-b-b-e-r-i-s-h (ha). Such confidence!
How can I be like that? Have such confidence that I am bold enough to try something (in Alejandro’s case, spelling) even when I don’t know what in the world I am doing?
Wow, just thinking about it makes me shiver.
Alejandro on the other hand, doesn’t miss a beat, he just keeps on going.
The best-selling author Susan Jeffers, coined it best with her classic book title being: ‘Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway.’
The point being: it is not that you won’t feel nervous, fearful or overwhelmed when faced with a new challenge in your life – you most certainly will. How you will respond to that fear is the key – will you propel forward or get knocked down and stay down? Each of us will have an individual answer to that question.
Taking a leaf from Alejandro’s book, I think I’ll propel……