Meanwhile my friend, once he got on his boots, he immediately pushed himself off the wall and skated right out into the middle. Of course, he fell down, too. And getting up was a little more difficult for him. But he got help from some people and when he stood up again, he immediately skated off again. And then he fell down again. And he kept doing that all day, and it's funny but by the end of the day, he had learned to skate pretty well.
Meanwhile, I was still holding on to the wall, afraid to let go of the wall. And I never did learn to skate. Because I was too afraid to fall.
But my friend wasn't worried about making mistakes. In fact, the more mistakes you made, the more you are able to learn from your mistakes. Mistakes are little learning steps.
|Main Uses: : Beliefs, If you want to change something, take action, There is no failure, only feedback
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Submitted By: Brian Cullen
Source: I heard this originally from Richard Bolstad and was reminded of it recently by Ben Backwell.
Notes: This is a very useful metaphor for teachers using NLP in the classroom.