We tend to focus on getting good at stuff a lot.
This makes sense for obvious reasons – you’d rather get good at something than get bad at it. You want to get good. You want to get better. You want to progress. You want to be an expert. It’s logical.
I like getting good at things, sure but it’s really easy to get caught up in getting good at something that you never try anything new.
So I try to get bad at things.
I’m trying CrossFit for the first time. I’m not very good at it. In fact, I’m pretty bad. Last week was my first time ever trying it. I made it through 2 workouts of me not knowing what to do and looking stupid only to finish and spend the rest of the week waddling around incredibly sore.
I’m going back this week.
See, I actually like being bad at things.
Knowing nothing. Figuring it out along the way. Making mistakes. Knowing you’re way out of your comfort zone and doing it anyways.
So every now and then I focus on getting bad at things. Quick.
And the easiest way to do this: try new things.
Obviously, I don’t try getting *worse* at things once I’m bad at them, but when I jump into something new, I’m acutely aware that I’m getting fairly bad at something fairly quickly.
When you try something, you get bad at it really quick and you have to start learning constantly. And, when you start out bad, there’s no where to go but up.
The good thing is: I’ve got a lot more things to get bad at.
Try getting bad at something. Most things you’re not naturally good at so this should be pretty easy. Just try something. You’ll mess up. You’ll screw up. And you’ll be okay.
When’s the last time you got bad at something?