Many of you may be familiar with Dora the Explorer. The little girl that travels all over the world exploring and in the process she discovers many new things. What if she was Dora the Bookworm or Dora the Student… OK, first of all it doesn’t rhyme, so it is not nearly as catchy. But more importantly, it isn’t as much FUN!!!
I am in the process of learning so many new things including blogging, how to make an iMovie, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, On-line Teleconferencing and more! With all of this technology, I have to admit that I was becoming totally over-whelmed. I was starting to feel like I was back in high school or college and failing miserably.
I had my appointment at the Apple Store this morning at 8:00 to take another class on iMovie and I almost canceled it because I didn’t have my self- imposed “homework” done. But I made the decision to go, what were they going to do to me, give me an “F?” I am in the process of making a movie (really a short video) on the Mini-Retreat I took in January. I have been struggling with even where to start- it all seemed so intimidating that I couldn’t decide what to do first. Joel, my teacher today, was amazing and worked with me to actually do a story board using pen and paper (something I KNOW how to use!) I was able to put a plan in place to determine the sequence of the video. Now I can work on a section at a time, rather than thinking about it as such a huge project.
As I was driving home I decided I needed to change my entire attitude about technology and everything I am in the process of discovering. Instead of thinking of it as something I “have” to learn, I want to think of it as an area I “get” to explore.
Whenever I come up with a word I want to dig into, I look up it’s meaning to gain more insight. I came up with 2 definitions for “explore” that I know are going to help me on my technology journey. The first one is: To search or travel for the purpose of discovery. The whole purpose of exploring is discover something new – not to get a good grade or do it perfectly. The second definition is: To investigate systematically. That is the part that is going to help me from getting over-whelmed. It is going to help to have a system or plan to tackle technology and get it in smaller bites so I can digest it all.
So I have decided that I am going to be more like Dora and explore lots of new areas and discover all the wonderful opportunities this technology is going to help me uncover. What about you? What if you changed your attitude about something you are struggling with and instead of dreading it, think of it as something you get to explore. Let me know if you try it and it makes a difference.