Do you ever have those moments where you just stop and think, “How did I get here?”
It could be when you are in a great season or when you are in a bad season. I’ve experienced both.
In any case, the answer to that question is truly just due to a serious of decisions and actions that you put behind them.
For me, it tends to adding up to a whole lot of mistakes landing me to exactly where I am now.
Let me be clear, I am happy, but still hungry. I know there is still more and so I continue to dream.
Continuing to dream is imperative, in both seasons of failure and in season of success. Some might argue that it’s more difficult to dream in the midst of failure. But I disagree. When you are in a negative space dreaming of something better is easy. Because almost anything seems better than where you are now. Doing is an entirely different story.
But what about when you have been successful. You’re sitting in a beautiful home, with a loving family, making a decent income and are content with your life. Is there a need to continue to dream?
Is it worth the additional effort to invest into something a little bit more? To be daring when it’s not necessary?
Everything you may have accomplished in this life is due to all of your failed attempts and what you learned from them. Even down to playing some things safe.
When I was 20 years old, I was crazy. I hated money, because I sucked at managing it and just spent whatever I had on pursuing whatever was my current endeavor. I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of debt I had to pay off for all of my music equipment. It took me getting into my 30’s when I finally decided no more living in debt. Not the way to go. I learned from my failure with money. Then made a decision that I didn’t have to live that way. If other people can do better with it, why was I incapable of doing the same? The truth is, I am capable. I just had to actually decide and then act.
Now, I play it much safer with money. However, playing it safe should not be what we fall into. Comfort is not where we should always reside. I didn’t learn safety by always being safe. I learned it by making a lot of crazy and stupid decisions. Kind of like what hot really means after touching the hot stove for the first time.
So why stay here? In this place of comfort? Why allow yourself to be unworthy of dreaming of something more. Because flying in an airplane is risky, should I refuse to explore the world?
If you stop dreaming or stop exploring, what else will you learn?
Fail today. Fail tomorrow. Fail 30 years from now.
It’s not about the failure, its about how you will recover.
And guess what, you control that outcome.
Edison had thousands of theories and iterations of the light bulb before he finally settled on it. And after each failure, he made an attempt to recover. Until it was so.
Success is in your recovery. Your foundation should be failure. Each crack, each scar; a reminder you how far you’ve come.
It will be beautiful. It will always be worth it.