Here’s the truth: You can’t know how you’re going to feel about something until that “something” is actually happening which means stepping out on chance. Lawdy, I've stepped out and put my toes in so many times in so many ways and not really given it my all. LIVING LARGE is about diving in - ALL OF YOU - maybe even NEKKID (which is more than it sounds like - more like REALLY letting YOU be revealed)
You won’t know if you like green juice until you drink some green juice. You can’t tell if completing a 5k race is fun until you run it. You don’t know if you’ll enjoy Paris or dumplings or yoga until you’re wiping the dumpling grease on your yoga pants while moving into downward dog in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Because guess what? The only way to figure out what works for you is to try, so you can’t be afraid to try .
So you taste the green juice and you don’t like it. So what? Newsflash: You don’t have to finish it.
And ditto about pretty much everything else. Just because you decide to start your own business doesn’t mean you have to stay self-employed forever if it doesn’t work out. If you no longer want to wear skinny jeans, stop wearing your skinny jeans. You can try something – anything – once or twice or every day for twelve years and if you like it you can keep doing it, and if you don’t like it you can stop.
And stopping doesn’t make you a failure, because true failure is when you don’t let yourself off the perfectionism hook long enough to experiment and test and LIVE!
Seriously – experimentation is everything.
Because guess what? Sometimes the things we think we want most turn out to be horrible for us (LONG ISLAND ICED TEA) and sometimes the things we think we’ll absolutely hate wind up changing our lives forever (QUITTING SUGAR).
But, again, you’ll never know unless you try.
So listen, I get that you’re scared. But I also get that you want to change your life – maybe it’s your diet or your job, your level of energy, your self-esteem, your exercise habits, your sex life, your personal style – but you’re scared. And I get that. I get that you’re waiting for the “perfect” time to make your change. You’re waiting for more money and less distractions and more time and less temptations. You’re waiting for permission. For help. For inspiration.
You’re just… waiting.
Because waiting is better than failing.
Until it’s not.
So, here’s what you need to do: You need to try something. You don’t have to have all the answers. You don’t have to have a five-year plan and a thousand extra dollars. You don’t even have to have a step 2. The only thing you need is to try the first step and do something – anything – that speaks to you.
If you want to learn more about art history, read a book about art history. If you want to bake your own bread, pull up a recipe, get in the kitchen, and see what happens. It could be the best bread you’ve ever tasted or it could be completely disgusting – but guess what? No one gives even the tiniest either way. Who cares if the bread is bad? Try again. Try a different recipe. A different technique. Ask for help. Get on YouTube and find a video about how to properly knead your dough. Just keep trying until you figure out what works.
And same goes for everything else.
If you want to grow your own tulips, buy some tulip bulbs. If you want to visit a new country, start a travel fund. If you want to cut back on sugar, sign up for a 30-day Detox.
Just try SOMETHING!
Because really, what’s the worst that can happen? You wind up not liking gardening or Japan or low-sugar life? Well, congratulations, NOW YOU KNOW.
And that alone is a big, mondo, AHmazing success.
Nike says it best...JUST DO IT!