I think that most of us underestimate our capabilities and are resigned to believe that our DNA sets a boundary restricting the possibilities we’re able to pursue in our lives. This is fueled by the self-limiting belief that trying something outside of our supposed, hard-wired comfort zone is destined to end in failure.
How often have you heard a friend or colleague say that, for example, they’d like to pursue learning to play a musical instrument, but they’re not from a “musical” family; or that they’d like to attempt public speaking but come from a background of shy people. I often refer to this as the “I couldn’t possibly do that” syndrome.
Really? An architect who has never even touched a piano key can’t become a piano player?
So much of what we’ve summarily dismissed as possible in our lives is often well within our wheelhouse if we’d just simply try. What’s to lose? Afraid you’ll make a fool of yourself? I’ve never known anyone who hasn’t survived a bout of embarrassment.
If you find that something you’ve never done but may want to pursue is consistently circulating within your dreamscape, just go for it. The worst that will happen is that you’ll determine that it’s just not for you, but if you conclude otherwise and keep trying, you’ll likely get better and better at it. In which case, you’ll then know it’s possible.