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How often have you considered taking on something new or a higher level of responsibility but stopped yourself because you didn't think you had enough experience? Maybe you thought you needed a degree or certification in order to get a new job or start a business, maybe you didn't go for the promotion because you felt you weren't seasoned enough. What if you are exactly who and what you need to be in order to take that next step, right now? How could your life change if you took that chance?


Watching last night's NY Mets Opening Day Game got me thinking about this.


As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, the Mets were opening their season with an unexpected starting pitcher, Tylor Megill. When he came up and pitched for the Mets last year it was the first time in his career he had done so at the Major League level, given his limited Major League experience, no one would have expected him to pitch Opening Day. The Mets Manager, Buck Showalter, didn't want to disrupt the rotation of his remaining starters so he turned to Tylor, who would be the least experienced Opening Day pitcher in Mets history.


Tylor took the mound and for 5 innings, he pitched incredibly. Looking at him out there, fully composed, throwing strikes, he was the picture of the quintessential starter. If you didn't know his background, you could not have guessed from his performance that he had only one major league season under his belt.


That brings me back to you, and to me. How many opportunities have we had to take the ball that passed us by because we couldn't see it? So caught up in the noise of our "not enoughness" that we doubted ourselves out of something transformative? What if we just trusted that we could do it? Even if we missed our mark, what would it mean to know we tried?


My advice (not that you asked) and what I am working on myself is to do it messy. Just start, take what you know, figure out what you can learn along the way, and jump in. Even when things go sideways we can learn something and try again. Be open to growing, be open to changing, and be open to taking the ball. You never know when your chance to pitch Opening Day will come.


Tell me in the comments below about a time you "did it messy," what did you learn?

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Guest
Apr 10, 2022

I'm so excited about your podcast! I adore the name and your focus! I'm working with my publisher on my very first book. It's a very messy process. I've spent 21 years teaching writing to others, and my writing has all been locked safe in my journal. Journaling has saved my life time and again since the first fancy diary I was gifted at eight years old. Thirty-three of the lessons I've learned from my personal journals will release in early 2023 as instruments to essential self-care showcased in memoir, with journal prompts for other women to tend their own voice and soul. I conducted a free guided women's meditation a few weeks ago at the end of March with…

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Guest
Apr 09, 2022

This is so inspiring, Kimberly! We can’t win if we don’t let ourselves enter the game.

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Guest
Apr 09, 2022

Kimberly, this is the problem most of us have ... we listen to that little voice in our head that always seems to be on the negative side. Yes, we never know if we don't try. So we fail that time. We are one step closer to success. I posted a quote the other day, " I haven't failed. I just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas Edison Thank you for this post.

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Karen Sammer
Karen Sammer
Apr 08, 2022

Oh Kimberly...this really speaks to me. I have been in this very same "ballgame" many times in my life. You are the perfect example of just putting yourself in the situation and doing it. And now look at you! You are one of my (s)heroes.


I recently competed in a Toastmasters contest in an advanced club. Everything about this club intimidates me because the members are such skilled speakers. But I did it. I did't do well because I lost my mind and my train of thought but guess what...no one died and I lived to tell the tale. And I'm happy I did it. Because next time, it won't be so scary. Next time I'll knock it out of…

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Kimberly Winters
Kimberly Winters
Apr 08, 2022
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You are one of my (s)heroes too, Karen! Congratulations to you for standing up competing in the Toastmasters contest! That's how we get better and keep growing!


Here's to doing it and home runs!! 🥳

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