In my 56 years on this earth there is one thing that has never changed, and that is that if I never try, I’ll never succeed. I know this goes without saying, but really how often do we expect success to just drop in our laps.
When it comes to persistence, perseverance, and commitment the first thing that occurs when trying something different, is for me to be vulnerable enough to put myself out there to fail. I don’t like failing at something, especially if it is important to me. But guess what, I’m going to fail. Doing what I’ve always done that is easy. But believe it or not everything that we do today is something that at some point in our lives we never did.
I have young grandchildren and it amazes me the amount that they have learned in such a short period of time. The simple task like eating with a fork, drinking from a cup, walking, running, forming language and understanding what it means are just a few things that they have learned in their brief life. And, my grandchildren do all of these things with such excitement and energy. All of these things were once difficult for me to do, but today I do all of them with relatively little difficulties. When I started learning about meditation, I learned a little bit about Shoshin- Beginners Mind. Having the attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would. What joy and excitement comes from seeing something or doing something for the first time. WOW!
So I started thinking about being committed, persevering and persistent with my goals. Maybe I need to allow myself to be vulnerable, allow myself to experience my goals and accomplishments with the excitement and energy of a child, and exercise Shoshin to experience things as if it were the first time. The struggle and triumph that goes with accomplishing something worthwhile.
That is the beauty in being vulnerable, that I can be humble enough to accept imperfection and continue to strive with enthusiasm to get up and try again.
Check out some of Brene Brown’s books, I think you will find them inspiring and uplifting.