Starting Again

We all hate starting over – at least I do, so I assume everyone else does. Even my kids hate starting again. Because usually we’re starting over because we got something wrong. And if there’s anything worse that starting over, it’s admitting that I’ve gotten something wrong.

I often have to remind myself of my favorite teaching phrase for my kids. “If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not learning”. My daughter gets frustrated because she has to re-start a division problem that she just got all wrong. My middle child really doesn’t want to try to read that word for the 5th time. And my toddler simply does not want to attempt putting that there one more time.

But I’m the same. I would honestly prefer that my banana creme pie didn’t turn out as soup the first time. I figured out why, it’s some chemical breakdown of the corn starch if you cook it too much. But it turned out right the second time. I just had to try again.

I’ve watched my kids refuse to try something because they were afraid of failure. I’ve failed to try things because I’m afraid of failure. And I hate starting over.

But, like I tell my kids, starting over is how we learn. If I’m getting it all right all the time then I’m not growing, and I’m not learning, and I’m not getting any better at anything. I’m just doing what I already know.

Truth be told, most great successes, have a string of failures before them. Most of the time, before someone succeeds at something they have to start over again and again. Thomas Edison is famous for saying “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. He started over so many times, and eventually succeeded.

One thing I’ve been working to teach my kids is to not be afraid of starting over. Go, try, make the mistake, take what you’ve learned, try again. Each time you do this you’ve learned something and you’ve increased your chances of getting it right the next time.

Of course, this means that I have to be an example and try new things, and try new things again.

So far this year, I’ve learned how to NOT make a banana creme pie and I’ve learned how to make a banana creme pie. Now if I could just figure out a good sausage gravy and biscuits…

What’s something you’ve had to start again this year?

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15 Replies to “Starting Again”

  1. I’m glad you figured out the banana cream pie! Sounds delicious and now I want some! 😉

    I have had a few “do overs” – from surviving a fire that destroyed everything in 1985 – to getting remarried – to changing careers, going from working “out there” to working from home.

    I think one of my biggest “starting again” moments will be happening soon as I become Dr. Banks with my EdD degree – and refine my career focus once again.

  2. I struggle with very similar problems. I know failure should not stop me but I hate it. I’m glad you found how NOT to make banana crème so now you can make it right. You are right about modeling for your kids – good job, mom!
    🙂
    Traci

  3. Ah… starting over. Would like to think it’s always about a fresh start but usually more about perspective and I have been working on perspective more this year. Trying to look at things in a healthy way.

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