Life isn’t as neat and tidy as we’d like, even when we’re travelling pretty well. Things get derailed. We get derailed.
We start with great intentions and then we’re thrown off. We make mistakes. We’re impatient, or lethargic, or we have false starts. It’s hard to focus or rouse the energy we need to follow through on what we began, and we wish we had everything just a little bit more together!
Finding out ‘it’s not just me!’ can be incredibly liberating.
In fact, it’s crucial to our success. When people achieve significant milestones, it’s not that they’re blessed with superhuman productivity — it’s that they know how to handle the knocks and disappointments.
It’s about staying on our paths, despite our doubts. It’s about learning to stop hauling ourselves into the imaginary principal’s office every time we mess up, and becoming gentle with ourselves, instead.
One of the most freeing lessons we’ve learned is that it’s okay to slip up. It’s not the fall that counts, but the way we rise from it, and what we do next that really matters …
Shall we assume that we’re going to feel overwhelmed? We’re going to want to procrastinate. We’ll strive for perfection. We’ll compare ourselves to others. We’ll feel like an imposter. We’ll fail. We might even fear success … We’ll feel all of this, and we’ll need to make a choice.