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You’ve Got Skills, Use Them . . .

Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do. ~ John Wooden

I’ve been going to aerial classes for close to two months now.  There are a lot tricks and poses I cannot do yet. I don’t have the stamina specific to aerial training to tie moves together into a fluid combination. I don’t know how to transition from one move to the next. I have difficulty with basic wraps and I forget preparations for tricks I learned a week before.  I have limited flexibility in my back and shoulders. There is a lot I can’t do.

There is also a lot that I can do. I can listen to and observe my instructors as they teach me a new aerial skill. I can practice what I have seen and heard. I can make mistakes and learn from them. I can grab a piece of fabric and make a loop around my foot and then I can grab the other piece of fabric and loop it around my other foot.  I can point my toes. I can make my knees straighter.  I can climb. I can get frustrated and choose to keep going anyway. I can try a different approach. I can ask for help. I can watch the experienced performers I train with and learn from them.  I can stretch my shoulders and back everyday.  I can push myself a tiny bit past my comfort zone each time I practice.  I can focus.  I can give my best effort.

I already possess the most powerful abilities that will help me achieve any goal I pursue: I have the ability to learn, try, practice, fail and try again.  So do you.  Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do.

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