Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s OK to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing.~ Anne Sullivan
Transitions are times when we are learning new aspects about ourselves. Not always will we choose wisely and make the right decision. Learning and correcting our actions along the way is all part of the transformation process.
Do you beat yourself up when you think you have failed? Failure is frowned upon in modern society. Yet, there is not one person I know who has not failed at one point in their life or another. Failure is a teacher if you allow it.
Failing and then trying to cover up is not learning. Failing and acknowledging your part in the process is growth.
When was the last time you failed? What did you learn from the failure?
Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. ~Buddha
Yesterday I discussed finding your own path. This is truly your work in this lifetime. Many great books exist about this topic and this post hardly does any justice to the topic.
Keep an open mind and heart to discover your life’s work and follow it to the end. When the student is ready the teacher arrives. It may be in the form of a book or person. Who knows? It could be your child or parent. All you need is an open heart and mind and the universe will shine a light.
All know the way; few actually walk it. ~Bodhidharma, Buddhist Monk
We live in enlightened times. We have a plethora of ways to find information to help us define our life paths. Lessons from our parents, reading books, following positive role models from the past and current times.
Why is it that only a few actually walk it? Why do we fear discovering our own path? There is greatness in following your own path. It may not be the same as the people you admire most but great nonetheless.
Talk doesn’t cook rice. ~Chinese Proverb
How true? There is nothing more disappointing than breaking promises you’ve made to yourself. This blog was a promise I made to myself. To share what I thought might help anyone that might come across it. There were days when I did not have time write or post a blog on a daily timeline. On these days I would feel that I had let myself down. It did not matter whether it got read or not. I simply had to deliver what I committed to myself.
Think back to some conversations with friends or family that you might have had where everyone talked about doing this or that.
Was it all talk or was there some follow through with action?
Once you stop clinging and let things be, you’ll be free, even of birth and death. You’ll transform everything. ~ Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD – 528 AD)
For the last few days I’ve focused on action in this blog. However, being focused on action simply to control the outcome is a negative assertion of our energies.
Positive actions chosen wisely for your own path without attachment to the outcome will always produce superior results. This takes daily practice both in our personal and professional lives.
Well how does one apply this at work? Superiors at work demand very specific goals. Aren’t these expected outcomes? How can we not be focused on these?
Perhaps then the choice is in the actions we take to get to the goal.
Perhaps it’s in the way we influence people around us to get to these goals.
Are we looking out for the interests of everyone concerned or just ourselves to get to these goals?
Sadly, there is much transformation required in the workplace for this kind of thinking for effective leadership. But it has to start somewhere.
Are you ready to take the lead?
Action is eloquence. ~William Shakespeare
Action chosen wisely is a great ally when you are faced with new beginnings. It is too easy to feel paralyzed or numb. Look to the near horizon and take action…if only with very tiny steps.
All glory comes from daring to begin. ~Eugene F. Ware
Starting anything new especially a new project that you cherish can be daunting to say the least. It feels like you are standing on the edge of the cliff and deciding whether you are ready to make that jump…metaphorically speaking, of course.
What dreams or projects are you waiting to start? Are you ready to jump off the cliff?
We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. ~Frank Tibolt
Are you in need of inspiration to get started on a project. Most of us rely on inspiration to prod us along or start something.
When I started this blog, I was inspired indeed. It was easy to pen down my thoughts and post the earlier blogs. There have been a few occasions when I’ve felt void of inspiration and I thought the project was going to die before I hit 101 days as promised.
When I found my self in this inspiration void space, I picked a good spot in a coffee shop ad just started focusing on the task. Everything just flowed once I started to write.
Are you ready to take action to move your project along? No better time than now.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. ~Vincent van Gogh
Are you waiting for the right moment to start a cherished project?
I’ve done it and probably still do as I sit here and think of all the things I’d like to pursue. On the other hand, when I think of how I got to accomplish some major goals in my life, I realize that it came from taking small steps. There was no magic moment when I knew when to start. It just all came together along with some challenges along the way which proved to be either great learning moments or major turning points in my life.
Are you willing to take that small step towards your greatness?
Whatever the mind of man can conceive, it can achieve. ~ W. Clement Stone 1902-2002
Feeling blocked lately? Allow yourself a little breathing room and think of the possibilities in your life. Mental focus is sometimes more powerful than action alone.