Be a BABY – Try, Try Again
Babies learn to fail. And that guarantees that they will not fail to learn.
So be a Baby! And try, try again!
Every baby tries
Every baby tries and tries… whatever… whether it is grasping at a toy, capturing applesauce on a spoon, rolling over, crawling, standing up, taking that first step.
Here’s the fascinating bit: babies try and fail… try and fail… over and over again… try… fail… until! They succeed!
Suddenly, Baby has the toy in his hand! The spoon in his fingers! The couch cushion teeters as Baby pulls himself up… stands up.
Baby squeals with delight. We cheer and applaud!
This is how Babies become.
Becoming Jesse knows and shares this:
There is not one note in a symphony.
Nor one step in a dance.
So, too, there is not one moment in a child.
It is in the flow. Therein lies the Magic.
Think about this. We did not worry that Baby failed over, and over again. And neither did Baby. He just kept trying… no matter how many times he failed. He was in the flow of trying-failing, trying-failing… until… success!
And the best part: Baby does not whine or weep about all those times he tried and failed.
And Baby moves on to the next thing! Because there is always a next thing!
So, Baby has quite a lesson to teach us!
Be a baby! Fail until you succeed! All Baby’s attempts eventually end in triumph!
And, whatever your age, there is always a next thing. There is always something to move toward.
There is always something to TRY.
And, intrinsically, that means there is always going to be something to FAIL.
Yes, it is the old proverb come for a visit:
If at first you don’t succeed,
Try, try, again!
Trying is Practice
In his 2008 book “Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell wrote that “ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness.” Babies have precocious talent: curious and experimenting; and opportunities to practice-practice-practice – or try-try-again – early and often put you in a place of inventing, innovating, creating. You can’t help it. It is who you are!
As Gladwell writes, this is the trying and failing that allowed Bill Gates to finally, successfully invent software and the Beatles to transform modern rock and roll.
Thrill in your Every Effort
It’s time to stop whining and/or weeping – telling and re-telling the sad story of how hard you tried… struggled, bent over backwards… and how badly you failed, flopped, bombed, came to nothing.
Be a Baby! Make one more attempt. Try again! And squeal with delight at your ultimate success!
Then you can move on to your next thing, your next step.
This is your journey – the journey of your becoming: from the beautiful star-light-you – to being ensconced in physical-flesh-and-bone. Remember, you are a powerful, light filled physical-being creator.
I like to remark that you chose to be an earthling, where you can create yourself in every moment – starting, like Baby – inside the womb as one teeny tiny microscopic cell: a zygote – the one cell that creates like crazy! Increasing all your cells exponentially!
It’s How You Create
It’s how you create your life: exponentially. You are so filled with creating that you have untold, countless successes layered and layered within you. Built into your being is an insatiable curiosity and insatiable experimenting that keep you going – moving on – to the next and the next and the next!
You are quite astonishing – you wondrous creator you! As “Becoming Jesse” says:
“You are a blue-ribbon creator.”
It’s Not All Easy
Ok. That’s true. But think of what else is built into your trying-failing: Patience! Perseverance! As Baby, you thought nothing of it. You welcomed every challenge, every riddle.
Crawling across the floor to get to Mama, standing up to reach Daddy’s hand, walking to pick up the ball, dancing to music!
Just the Right Process
And isn’t it interesting, that just the right muscles developed for you with each, and every attempt! Baby! You are so strong and so flexible!
Remember, too, that amazing brain you have. It remembers what you have tried – and it loves to have something new to try again.
In the End
You’re never too old to be a Baby. Babies – all humans – learn to fail. So, get really good at failing.
It will guarantee that you will not fail to learn.
Be a Baby!