Notes From The Awareness: 218

Success inhibits growth.

Please discuss. How does this play out in life?

I’ll start us out. We’ve all had setbacks in life, some major and some minor. They’ve left us feeling derailed and frustrated, forced to forge a different path than the one we’d planned. To change our life strategy can be hard work. We need to regroup, rethink, and put alternative plans of action into play. Sometimes our second effort achieves what we want. Often we’re pushed to try yet again, sometimes more than once.

These setbacks can make us feel we’ve failed. We see success as achieving what we want on our first attempt. In reality, we gain and grow more by failing at least once. When we miss the mark and try again, we expand our thoughts, the scope of actions we’re willing to take, and usually our skillsets as well. We become more open-minded, flexible, and versatile as a result of our do-overs.

Today’s message invites me to redefine my self-perceived failures. Most often they’ve lead to a more optimal outcome in the long run. The most dramatic shifts in my personal growth have resulted from my failures. They’ve changed me and broadened my capabilities. When I fail, I am being offered the opportunity to better myself and therefore my life.

How about you? How do you view your failures?