November 9, 2016
Let’s consider for a moment how difficult it can be to start a lawnmower. We drag it out of the garage, prime it, check the sparkplug, pull back the handle, and pull the rope.
We try again. Nothing. Then once more…nothing. We kick it. We flip it over, check the gas, pull it to another spot on the drive way.
We might spend ten minutes trying to figure it out and then, suddenly, it roars up and starts.
Once the mower is going, our job is relatively easy. We swerve around the trees, follow the landscaping, and try to cut in straight lines.
That is, the most work was in getting it started. Once that was achieved, it was smooth sailing.
This is often the case with our own personal development—so much of the work is in the beginning. For some reason the learning curve is front-loaded, which is a blessing because in times of distress we can safely say, “It won’t always be so hard.”
If everything that was difficult in the beginning stayed difficult…we probably wouldn’t attempt much that challenged us.
So, when we sense that we must let something go in order to grow, we are wise to remind ourselves that, while it might be difficult at the start, it will not always be that way.
New beginnings, by definition, are full of unknowns. (Note: If everything is known in a situation, it’s probably not a new beginning or a new anything—it’s probably more like an “again”).
Giving ourselves grace, patience, and love as we let things go allows us to move through life at a pace that is both tenable and active. We allow ourselves to learn as we grow.
And, as we explore this model of change, we shed layers that are likely holding us back. In doing so, we make room for new ideas, experiences, and people to flow through us and into our lives.
What am I holding on to? Am I expecting every “lawnmower” in my life to start on the first pull? How can I be better at giving others grace as they let go and start growing in their own ways?
Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.
Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at StrengthsLife.com
His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world. He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.