At catapult launch, a Navy F-18 pilot has no control of their craft and feels an uncomfortable, brain-scrambling 4G’s of acceleration for 2 seconds, followed by a rapid drop off the end of the carrier deck while their senses are still recollecting, the thrust only catching up once a mere 30-40 feet above water at 250 mph. Pilots don’t usually refer to this as the fun part of the flight. But 10 seconds later, the pilot is in full control, enjoying a relatively calm cruise of 780 mph.
Starts can be rocky, but when you power through it, it’s worth it.
When you first engage the throttle on a boat, there’s not instant joy. The structure shudders as the motor ramps up and the air fills with exhaust. The craft does not have enough momentum to overpower any water current so you must pay attention and work the rudder to keep the course aligned. Fast forward 2 minutes later, and you’re powering along enjoying the cool breeze and the craft responding to your smallest moves.
When you hang glide off a cliff, you’re not instantly enjoying the ride. You’re plummeting for a few hundred feet, seemingly to your death. Maybe getting smacked in the face by a few small twigs sticking out of the cliff on your way down. But then suddenly the wind catches and you’re in control, sailing like a bird.
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When you power on a laptop, it must first go through a boot sequence before it can be usable. In most instances, when you first start a car, the throttle is sluggish and it chugs fuel. As a writer, you know that when you first sit down to write a paper, the words may not flow immediately. When you first begin a new job, you don’t know the ins and outs of your responsibilities.
What’s happening? In trying anything from a stationary position, the first few moments are never what we want as the end goal. This is a universal rule of the universe as God created it.
Only later does the way become smooth, you must be willing to begin with a rough start.
Are you afraid to try something new, something you feel called to do, because you may be new to it and worried you might make mistakes? Well let me put your fears to rest: you WILL. But let me also make another guarantee: if you stick to it, you will become an expert.
So take that thing you’re terrified to do but know you need to do it, that calling of God, that seemingly impossible barrier, and just start. And be wholly, freely terrible at it. Full of mistakes and stumbles and embarrassing performance with stupid decisions at the onset. Just stick with it. Because before you know it, the wind will have caught and you’ll be an expert, sailing on smooth skies. God lining up victory after victory.
Pretty soon that barrier you thought was impossible will be a distant memory. Because breaking impossible barriers is what you were built to do.