We’re scared to death to try new things because
we think we have to get it right the first time.
Joel Salatin

And therein lies our biggest problem–we think we have to get it right the first time.  Somehow, as adults, we think we have to be perfect at everything that we do.  So instead of trying something new, we don’t because we don’t want to make a fool of ourselves.  It’s a good thing babies don’t have this attitude or we’d still be crawling.

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If you’re afraid of trying new things, of looking foolish then it’s important to start small.  You have to build up your “bank account” of successfully trying new things before you try the one that’s scary.  Or the one that might take some trial and error to learn.

My friends took me hiking local trails before I took my first hut hike.  We did an overnight camp out in our home state before a friend and I backpacked for a couple of nights in another state.  And I took some outdoor classes with friends before I took my first class on my own, in another state where we were learning to backcountry hike in the snow using a map and compass.

Each success built on the next success.  Granted, it took a lot of local hiking before I was ready to do an overnight.  But I started small and worked up.  And that’s what you should do if fear is holding you back.  Start with something small and then keep working your way up to things that are harder.