We get to do stuff now

If you’re a Service Leaver, Veteran or Reservist who is adapting to life after the military, my weekly emails will help you.

In my line of work, I have been tinkering with the idea to build an app.

I assumed this would be hard for me and avoided looking into it.

Then I saw a post about the software available to help people build apps. All low code, drag and drop sort of stuff. And even more enlightening – I already had this software sitting waiting for me on my computer. Who knew???

And I was reminded of when I first got into WordPress and building my website. That looked all very complicated too until I started a learn-by-doing approach.

I might add, that this was not an easy transition. Late nights, typing and clicking through the tears and thoughts of launching my laptop out the window were regular occurrences.

But soon enough, the actions needed to achieve the desired outcome became less about thinking and more about just doing. It became instinctive and natural. It’s easy for me now.

With renewed motivation – I have started my app building adventure, Mac is securely taped to the desk with HBM!!!

Fully aware of my current incompetence, I remain undeterred, knowing this too shall pass and eventually I will get to a point where I can do it.

Well, no. There’s more to it.

That feeling is something I have become accustomed to since leaving the military.

Before, if there was no requirement to do something – then it didn’t happen.

I knew my roles and responsibilities and executed them well above the standard expected.

I had an awareness of other people’s roles and responsibilities and if needed I could fill the gap.

But as for – I’m just doing this because I can – not so much.

Now, if I want to try something new, I will (eventually, once the impostor and inner critic finish their debate).

It’s become less about having to do things and more of a “I get to do it” and because I want to.

“Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.”

Happy Star Wars Day

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