Mistakes

So I had the pleasure of rolling my ankle tonight while rock climbing. How lucky for me. Guess I will be taking it easy for a for days. While it wasn’t as bad as before, it did cause me to think a little bit, as I tend to do.

Over the past several weeks, I’ve seen my ability and strength increase exponentially. As my confidence grew, I now notice, I was willing to take more and more risk with my moves. As such, while warming up this evening, I decided to shoot for a relatively easy route, one I’d done many times in the past. With my high confidence in my abilities, I decided that I didn’t need to waste time moving the mat, it’ll be an easy climb. Before I knew it, I was on the ground with that familiar shooting pain in my ankle.

We do the same in life. As we progress personally and professional, we many times will turn a blind eye to some of the safeguards we once kept diligently in place. It’s natural. As we get comfortable, we grow complacent. With all the things going on in the world around us, it’s incredibly easy to miss a step. Missteps are a part of life, it’s what we do next that counts. When we fail a test or a class, it’s our choice if we retake the exams and prove we know what we are doing. A major project falls off schedule, clients blazing, your job on the line, you can either give up, or work your hardest to salvage things. Failure is a sign that you are at the peak of your ability, you’ve climbed your personal mountain and are now stepping on to the next level. Sometimes we fall, and we need to work our way back up and try again. The important thing is to keep going forward, try again.

The end result, it looks like I’ll be going to the gym tomorrow to do pull ups and other, non-ankle, related  exercises. And in a few days, I’ll be back with a vengeance on that same route.

Success is moving between failures without losing your enthusiasm.

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