"I believe that failure is an opportunity to move in a different direction." - Oprah Winfrey
Man what a time we are living in! I realise that this sentiment is quite often experienced by many. Still, you must acknowledge that these will be significant moments in history to be shared by all—a global state-of-mind.
When I say 'shared state-of-mind', I realise that we, all 7.8 Billion of us, do not share the same point of view but if we can boil it down, there are really only 3 stances that are being taken. Don't stop reading just yet, I'm not going to start a full blog just about COVID.
What I want to chat about is evolution. How do we do it? How many ways can it be done? How long does it take? Do we really need to?
I couldn't resist sharing this image!
How many times do you feel like doing this?
There are for sure many reasons why he felt the need to put his head down, but at the root of it all, I think that the common denominator is that he just needed a break.
Perhaps he needed a break from work or from the stress of looking for a job. From a problem seeking a solution. From managing the pressures of a work/life balance? Could it be from the often self-inflicted torment of feeling inadequate, from the doubt, from the degrading sense of failure?
Or maybe just because he is tired?
Personally, I've lost count how many times I have done this or experienced any/all of the above.
"My big "double-aha" moment came while anchoring the national news at CBS News. It was at the height of the recession. On top of the usual negative stories, my newscasts became full of especially heart-wrenching stories of people losing their homes, jobs, and retirement savings. Starting the morning off like that could leave even the most optimistic person feeling helpless and hopeless. The lightning bolt came when we changed how we talked about the negative." - Michelle Gielan
As I mentioned above, we do not all share the same mindset. What I share from now is purely my own experience and my own interpretation.
I have often thought of myself as a very positive person with an optimistic outlook on life. This has been severely tested over the last year and a half.
After taking up running to return to a fundamental level of fitness, I experienced first-hand that mental and emotional wellness run in parallel.
By spending time on both, you give yourself the best opportunity to tackle life's obstacles. I'm not saying you have to succeed, you just have to try. Wayne Gretzky, a famous ice-hockey player, once said: "You miss all the shots you do not take". This also doesn't mean that we should all tackle every challenge that comes our way, let alone succeed at each challenge. Sometimes we just need a time-out—a moment to gather ourselves and get ready for life's impending challenges.
Realising that it is ok to fail is probably one of the biggest challenges I have had to face. After creating two completely unique businesses, I find myself in the self-made rut needing to remind myself that it is ok to fail. It is ok to try new things, and that being out of my comfort zone is when I have the best opportunity to grow.
Basically, one of the biggest challenges I face...is me.
to be continued...