Once upon a long time ago, I didn’t understand that it was okay to try, fail, yet try again, and again, and again.
I didn’t understand that most people don’t get it right the first time.
I didn’t understand that some of the world’s most successful people failed innumerable times before making it big.
Instead, if I “failed”, I’d beat myself up and live under a cloud of guilt and unworthiness and seldom try again. I’d explain away my “mediocrity” by saying or thinking, “I’m just not skilled or talented in that area,” or, “It just wasn’t to be.”
This year I have already fallen off the bandwagon. I’m already behind in many things I intended to do and it’s only two weeks into 2012.
But today, I no longer live with the paralysing guilt of the past. I remind myself that a “do over” is possible. If I fall off the bandwagon again, all I need to do is pick myself up and jump right back on.
Today, I am grateful for fresh starts.
I hope, in your lives, you realise this is possible too.
Do you struggle to persist? Or do you stubbornly “keep on trucking”?