It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted one of these! I’ve been pretty busy with exams and I haven’t had the inspiration to write a newsletter.
As we head into the holiday period, I’m sure that some of you may be considering starting new projects with your spare time. Considering that this newsletter is one of the by-products of one of my ‘summer projects’, I would say that they’re fairly worthwhile!
With that in mind, I find the idea of a beginner mindset quite important in these times. When we start new projects, we often feel an overwhelming sense of curiosity and fascination. Beginner gains come through and we can desire to work more and more to see how much better we are getting. However, when progress becomes slower, we often fail to continue in the beginner mindset, and we can fall into stagnant thinking.
It’s this that can be particularly dangerous when we pursue our hobbies. Losing sight of the beginner mindset can make us feel demotivated, uninterested and inconsistent. Instead of pursuing something that we might have once enjoyed doing, we may feel a desire to try something new.
The good thing about the beginner mindset is that it’s a mindset, and thus, doesn’t have to be confined to the first month that you do something. Regardless of whether you’ve been doing something for 1 month, or 1 year, you can still attempt to bring the beginner mindset to anything that you are doing.
This is an idea that I have been trying to apply to all aspects of my life. I’ve been trying to enjoy many of the things I’m doing, relishing it as if I’m doing it for the first time. It sounds a bit farfetched, but I find that I feel more curious and engaged with my activities.
If you’re starting something new, or if you’re re-engaging in your hobbies after exams, I’d highly encourage you to try embracing that beginner mindset!