2017 has been an interesting year. I entered the year determined to take on risks so I did what any twenty something year old trying to figure out her life would do –I quit my full-time job. I knew that quitting my job would give me more time and flexibility in discovering what it was that I really wanted to do. Not to mention I dreaded waking up at 4:30am every morning to go to a job that I hated even more. –Ya feel? Little did I know that in this year I’d be confronted with failure.
Growing up, my biggest fear was failure. I would rather choose not to try then to try something and fail. At the time it was one of the most humiliating things that could happen to me, so I avoided it completely. Being rejected is tough, especially if you don’t know how to cope. In the past year I’ve been confronted with failure time after time. Each failure was a blow to my ego but it also helped changed my perspective. Here’s what I learned from all the L’s I’ve taken.
Success Always Starts With Failure
Life is about trial and error. If a door doesn’t open try a different one. Every opposition and every closed-door I encountered made me realize that failure is inevitable. When I came to understand this I looked at my failures in the face and came back with a stronger and smarter approach.
Don’t Go Against The Tide but Flow With It
There were times this year that I really believed the Universe was plotting against me. 2017 bought a lot of moments of self-doubt, feeling lost in the world, and feelings of inferiority. This was mainly because of all the rejection I received. But what I didn’t know was that every NO was leading me to my next opportunity. I learned to accept what ever is instead of what I thought it should be.
Your Life Can Change In a Second, And You Never Know When It’s Coming
Saying life is like a roller coaster is cliché but also true. Life has its moments of climb and it’s moments of unexpected turns and drops. What ever opposition I faced this year was only temporary. I learned to adapt to those circumstances until I could find another alternative.
“Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.”
Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.”
The year is approaching it’s end and I am grateful for all the people and experiences that left me with a new perspective. Every opposition and every struggle made me wiser and more strong minded. 2017 showed me how to walk with failure instead of allowing it to defeat me.
I admit I still don’t have everything figured out but I’m finally fitting the pieces to the puzzle. I’m ending the year taking it one day at a time. Conquering one goal at a time. Doing more, talking less. I am learning to trust the process. I use to think once everything falls into place, I will find peace. Now I know that when I find peace, everything will fall into place.
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