The Courage to Get Back Up

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Blogging is a lot like life. In fact, if you do it right, blogging is a great representation of life. Maybe that’s why we connect with people’s stories shared through blogs.

Have you ever promised yourself you would do something and then fell off the wagon? This happens to me a lot. Maybe it’s because I’m a “routines” kind of guy. My routines seem to make or break my life. If I want to get something done, usually I will create a routine to make it a normal presence in my life.

The problem with routines is that they are always going to be challenged. There’s always going to be an interruption, an irregularity, an exception to what’s normal. If enough time goes by, it gets harder and harder to imagine starting again. So how is it possible to keep on keeping on? The answer, I think, is courage.

It’s not that we are afraid of change (although many of us are), but that we are afraid we don’t have what it takes. Failure scares us because it temps us to believe the doubts we had before we even tried. “See, I knew this would never work,” is what failure whispers to us. And facing that fear takes guts.

It comes down to having the courage to get over yourself and your inability to be perfect. We (or maybe it’s just me) want a perfect record. We want to have it all together. We don’t want to admit our failure.

But failure is part of learning and part of life. The muscles we build aren’t from just doing the same things over and over again, they are built by overcoming the resistance to do it again.  Tweet: The muscles we build aren’t from just doing the same things over and over again, they are built by overcoming the resistance to do it again.

This is the concept often called “failing forward.” Anytime we set out to accomplish a goal and don’t measure up, our ability to take what we have learned and get back up and try again is what really makes the difference.

Whatever you have done in the past but are lagging (exercise, writing, reading, journaling, creating), here’s your sign to get back into it. Don’t take on the world all at once, just try to ease back into it. Success is just a long line of little victories.

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