One of the ongoing challenges most of us humans have is whether or not we are good enough. This tends to be especially true when it comes to our jobs. It’s one of the reason change is challenging. We fear not being able to do our job.
Sometimes it’s because we hold a fixed mindset rather than a growth mindset as Carol Dweck talks about. We think were are a finished product – I am what I am. We forget everyone learns new skills all the time. Yes, it takes time and effort, but we can learn new skills. And yes, the first time you try a new approach, it’s unlikely to be perfect. It may not even be good. And yet, you can learn from it and the next time can be better.
We all have talent, abilities we were born with. But we also all have skills – abilities we have learned over time. In processes of change, we all need to learn new skills to shift into our new roles. These can be learned. The challenge comes when we believe we need all the skills to do the new role on day 1. We don’t. Or if we do, we’re likely to be bored quite quickly.
But learning new skills is a choice. And that choice belongs to you.