Everyone has something that they feel like they aren’t good at. Maybe you feel like you naturally aren’t good at math or will never get the hang of soccer.
This can get frustrating, and it’s easy for emotions to get the best of us when we’re struggling to do something. For example, when trying something new, like playing the piano, you won’t play a perfect note on your first try. This could make you want to give up or conclude that you “just can’t do it,” especially when you see other people who are really great at it.
When this happens, it’s important to remember that our brains are made to change and make new connections when we learn new things. That means the more you practice something, the better you will get at it as your brain strengthens these connections. With some practice, you can improve your skills and learn how to do new things. No one is born being naturally great at the piano!
We call this outlook a growth mindset, meaning that you believe that your skills and abilities can get better with practice. Some people can get stuck in a fixed mindset and believe that their abilities are unchangeable.
Every new thing is a chance to grow. Instead of being discouraged when you can’t do something, think about how amazing it will be when you start to improve after practicing a little. If you mess up the first time, there is always an opportunity to try again.
Practicing meditation can help you get control of your emotions and give you the power to keep pushing when you feel discouraged. A bit of slow breathing can make all the difference when you feel overwhelmed.
Big Head Bob has been working on meditation and overcoming obstacles. Bob learns to transform his big head, which he first views as a negative, into his greatest strength. He doesn’t let himself get stuck and instead learns how to improve. So the next time you feel like something is holding you back, take a little inspiration from Bob, take a deep breath, and remember that it just requires a bit of effort and mindfulness to grow.
You can find out more about Bob here, where you can find his books and videos to help you practice mindfulness and dealing with big feelings!
About the author
I grew up in Northbrook, Illinois and went to summer camp as a kid. One summer, I was kicked out for breaking the rules. Two years later they allowed me back as a counselor. I learned as much about forgiveness as I did redemption. I love meditation, sports, and coaching. In college I studied Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois. Then, I moved to Las Vegas to be with my oldest brother Neal. A year later my middle brother Bryan moved in with us and we had wonderful careers working in world class hotels and venues.
In March 2020 Covid-19 affected the world with sickness and negativity. Shortly thereafter, Neal and Salud had baby Joaquín and I was inspired to bring to life a character that I've drawn since I was young. Bob's purpose is to unite people together with humor while teaching life lessons. Over $2,500 was donated from the proceeds of book & merchandise to Clark County School District in Nevada. With guidance from friends and mentors and my experience in entertainment, I was able to create the ecosystem located at www.bigheadbob.com. Oh and I love my mother Stellie!!!
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