For years a friend asked me to learn tennis. I said no because I was not athletic and had never been good at any sport. My friend persevered and I finally tried. It was months before I could hit the ball over the net, but now playing tennis is a critical part of my physical and mental health.
The reasons I said no to something so good?
- I thought I would look like a fool
- I thought I would fail
- I didn’t want to experience the frustration of being a beginner
At times I did look like a fool, I did fail, and I did get frustrated, but it has been worth those things a million times over.
I wonder…how much more it has cost me to protect my ego?