I don’t know how to swim.
When I was a child, I had all kinds of problems with my ears. Tubes, surgery, ear infections and the doctors always said, “You can’t get water in your ears!” which meant, you don’t get to learn how to swim.
My Mom doesn’t know how to swim either. I remember going to the beach and as soon as the water reached my knees she would be yelling at me to come back so nothing would happen to me. She passed on her fear of the water to me.
A few years ago I signed up for swimming lessons. When I mustered up my courage to show up, the instructor ended up failing me three times. I took it as a sign that I was not meant to learn.
You might have noticed, I spend a lot of time on the water here in Florida, on our boat. This is risky business.
I have a life jacket and a husband who can swim but there is still a part of me that looks at that dark, deep blue water and feels butterflies in my belly.
When I go home to Ottawa in April, I will start swimming lessons. One of the members of The Pilot Project owns The Aqua Life Swim Academy and Stephanie, the owner, is going to teach me how to swim.
The very thought of this makes me uncomfortable.
I know from past experience that this will not be easy. I can float, but moving from floating to sitting is a maneuver that eludes me and causes me to splash and gasp and lose control.
You might be wondering why I am sharing this?
I am sharing because swimming is a skill. It is something that can be taught and can be learned if you stick with it and do the work.
Are you staring at the water, knowing you need to learn about numbers, selling, operations, social media or are you jumping in with the willingness to be COMPLETELY uncomfortable and learn?
I am going to get wet and I am going to struggle. I am going to fight and not enjoy learning how to do something that I am not good at. It is going to be hard and frustrating and I am going to fail the first time I try to do a lot of things.
It’s going to be scary to put my head under water.
It’s going to be scary to give up the floaties.
I am going to demonstrate ultimate vulnerability because learning how to swim could be a life or death situation for me.
What about you? Are there life or death skills you need to learn in your business?
As I celebrate another year of life I have decided to take on this big monster and learn. Will you join me and take on something that makes you uncomfortable too?
I have two things for you today.
1. A video with the five most important books I have ever read. These can help you learn something new – guaranteed.
2. A brand new webinar on March 19th where I am going to teach you some strategies about running your business that might help you face your fears too.
I challenge you to…
a) Sign up for this webinar and
b) Read one of the books in my video before March 19th.
If you are in, please leave a comment below. And don’t worry, I plan to share my swimming progress. I can’t back out now, I’ve told you my scary little secret.
Founder and CEO of the Lisa Larter Group, master strategist, author, speaker, podcast host, social media expert, consultant, and business coach. Lisa inspires entrepreneurs and business owners to see the possibilities for their organizations when it comes to strategy. She uncomplicates modern marketing and creates (and implements) strategies for businesses that are guaranteed to increase visibility, inbound leads, and revenue.