The beauty about striving for greatness is that we get a chance to experience an incredible journey during the process. It may be hard to believe, but every experience (good and bad) is what makes us so great. The ability to be resilient and overcome obstacles is a powerful characteristic to have because life will come with several challenges and obstacles and only the great can succeed in overcoming them. Regardless of how bad the experience may be or however much it may set you back or cost you, it had to occur because it was part of the journey. These unfavorable experiences and setbacks are sometimes needed in order for us to grow. It sucks going through them and it may be hard to see the positive side while going through it, but these experiences are truly part of what makes us so great.
No one is perfect. Mistakes, failure, and poor decision making will happen along the way of you working towards your goals. Use these opportunities as a learning experience, regardless of how painful. Our shortcomings are stepping stones for a better landing.
I used to think that failure, mistakes, poor decision making, etc. were all detrimental to me achieving my goals. I used to think that if I was anything less than perfect, my chances of achieving my goals or reaching my destiny would no longer be possible or that they would be tarnished. Whenever I made a bad decision or mistake, I would beat myself up about it. I was so hard on myself that I wasn’t taking into consideration that I’m only human and that these types of experiences are a part of life. These are the things that makes us relatable and gives others hope. They’re also the very thing that sets us apart from others because we chose not to allow these experiences or circumstances to defeat us, but instead, we chose to persevere. For some, it takes getting it wrong before finally getting it right. I was not exempt from this and the moment I realized this, the sooner I was able to get back on the right track.
What’s great about achieving a goal or reaching a certain milestone is the strength you gain along the way. Facing challenges and being able to overcome them while on your journey is a testament to one’s ability to weather any storm. Every time you are able to get up from being knocked down adds strength, wisdom, and courage to who you are. The beauty in this is not allowing our failures to define our future.
If we didn’t face challenges along the way or if everything came easy, then we wouldn’t have a testimony. And, we most likely wouldn’t have the same level of appreciation and gratitude if we didn’t struggle or fall down while going through any process to achieve better. These experiences are what makes us appreciate our accomplishments even more, and to want to strive even harder to sustain them.
Keep moving! Staying in the same place will get you nowhere. Take it one day at a time and don’t look at your circumstance as a mountain in front of you. One breath, one situation, one day…you can do it!
You are not the only one to get it wrong. Don’t be so hard on yourself. You have the power to get back on track.