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July 9, 2014

By: E. Rucker

Inspirational quote by Confucius on earthy backgroundRemember when you first learned how to ride a bike? Remember all the times you fell down? Remember all the times you got back up? Can you ride a bike today? Yes you can!

Have you ever seen a child learn to walk? It is an experience one will never forget! They continually fall down time and time again. I remember when my kids went through that learning-how-to-walk phase. The sheer determination and grit to keep getting back up and doing it all over again until…THEY TOOK THEIR FIRST STEPS! They gained the confidence they needed to keep going and once they got their confidence in full force, there was no stopping them at all. They just took off. Did they hurt themselves along the way? Sure they did. They had all sorts of scrapes, bruises and bumps. Sometimes, you will experience a little pain when falling down but it’s what you do with that pain that matters the most. Use that pain to push yourself back up!

Most importantly, falling down can offer us:

  • The opportunity to become courageous
  • Give us feedback in where we are and who we are
  • The opportunity for learning, growth and improvement
  • The opportunity to show appreciation for ourselves, even when things aren’t going quite like we wanted them to
  • The challenge to think bigger, to re-think our approach and make adjustments

StrugglesNow, apply this to your daily tasks and goals, especially those that keep kicking you in the rear. It is okay to fall down and it is definitely okay to keep falling down. Life is not perfect. You will go through those trial-and-error phases. BUT….the key is this: what are you going to do when you’re down? Are you going to stay down and sulk or are you going to get up with renewed determination to keep trying? Your biggest victory comes from getting back up. That’s when the MAGIC happens and you start to build your strength and grow!

Fall down 7 times, stand up 8 times.

So, the next time you fall down and feel like staying down, ask yourself this one question: How will I be able to handle life’s many challenges if I don’t learn to get back up?

Do you have a challenge that is constantly pushing you down to the point where you don’t want to get back up? Re-read the above over and over again!

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Until next time…