“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas Edison
There are many moments in our life where we simply have to start again. From learning to ride a bike to learning to play the piano, we are constantly presented with the opportunity to break through our barriers. Later in life we experience death, we experience the loss of friends, lovers and even our sense of self. Its not always easy, and sometimes can feel heavy, but some of the big lessons in life seem to come from our willingness to try again.
There is no secret recipe. Recently I heard that crisis presents us with an opportunity to prioritize. Priorities bring clarity and clarity brings a sense of well-being. When we go through a phase of change, it can all seem a bit murky. The infinite possibilities often present no starting point and the lack of clarity can be paralyzing. How do we muster the energy to get back on the bike?
We have 2 simple tips for prioritizing.
We probably underestimate our ability to breathe. I mean, we never really learned how to do it right? We are born and aha, we have the number one thing we need to survive right away. Only when we run out it are we aware that we even needed it. Starting over requires the simplest of actions, and it starts with a deep breath. Though this advice may seem a bit fluffy, I dare you to take a deep breath right now and not enjoy it.
Don’t forget to breathe!
Next, we all must think what it is that we want to achieve, what kind of outcome do we ideally want to have and why? According to Professor Harari, author of the best selling book Sapiens, our ability to imagine what is not in front of us is one of the dividing factors between us and the Neanderthals! We must give ourselves the space to imagine our ideals. 5 minutes of visualization can actually be a challenging task. We must sometimes prepare our subconscious minds by pulling images from other sources. A vision board is a collage of images that represent what you want to attract into your life. It could seem like a childish activity to create one, but adults need to play too.
This simple act of intentionally imagining our future outcomes will unravel a serious potential.
Of course, there are many more things that we all need to do to start over. We don’t always look at it this way, but every day that we wake up, we get a fresh start. The big picture may seem far away, but all journeys worth taking require the courage to take small steps.
No matter what the change is, no matter how cloudy the challenge may appear, know that the sun always appears when the airplane breaks through the grey. Starting over is exciting. Starting over doesn’t mean forgetting the past, but it means embracing the present. With gratitude and curiosity, the adventure we call life continues.
Let’s learn from our mistakes and try again.
Let’s enjoy the fruitfulness of a new day.
Let’s change the way we travel, together.
The Lifestyle Project