Out of all 120 motivation tips and strategies shared in my Re-Calibrate Mind, Body and Spirit Free Daily Tips Email Program this Tip is my favorite. Several readers tell me they agree.
It's important because it reminds you of a very valuable mindset and truth. It's something I try to remind my self of often. It comes in the form of this Mantra:
When I'm feeling overwhelmed or embarrassed about a mistake, or when I feel like I've done something that 'looked foolish', reminding myself that I can't get anything wrong because there's always another day and more to come, helps me release inner tension and gets me moving forward again more quickly.
In my opinion it's one of the best motivation tips ever because it is one of most mentally and emotionally freeing thoughts you can think and feel.
We tend to look at other successful people, and because we don't know the 'real story' about goes on in their life day-to-day, we assume they've found their success with great ease and that they don't make the kind of mistakes we make.
*Success Sketch by Comedian Demetri Martin.
We think we're doing something wrong when we make mistakes, are overwhelmed or have feelings of doubt. But in truth, all of those 'messy things' play a part in almost everyone's journey to success. And going through the 'messiness' of mistakes, and even failure, can serve to sharpen thinking, build greater awareness and clarify direction for a even better outcome. IF we let it!
If you choose to, you can use the 'messiness' of failures and problems to your benefit. You can decide to not let 'the mess' break you down by reminding yourself often that: You Can't Get Wrong. That You'll Always Be Refining, Learning and Becoming. That You Can't Get It Wrong, Because There's Always a New Day and a New Play.
I'm a fan of mysteries. One of the key characters in mystery writer Robert Crais' books is: Joe Pike.
Pike is a stoic hero and former Marine with a difficult past. Past personal pain in Pike's life almost always comes up during his investigator 'adventures'.
He uses the red tattoos on his huge-mongous shoulders to remind himself to look ahead and move forward.
Tattoos OR my favorite Mantra - you choose. But I believe it can be some of our best "work" to work with and use all of our feeling of overwhelm, embarrassment or past struggles by:
Ways to let past mistakes or problems go so you can boldly move forward, include:
Internalizing this Mantra can help you take some of the stress and urgency out of the equation, which then helps you move forward with more clarity and determination. (I first heard this idea of 'never being done' from one of my favorite Teacher's at Abraham-Hicks Publications.)
How did these famous people move forward from set-backs and struggles?
They probably "took the hit" of the pain of the "failure" and sulked for awhile. Then, I believe they decided to learn from the set-back and then began to chart their next steps.
I'd like to think they even used one of the best motivation tips ever, by telling themselves something like this, "Hey. I didn't get this wrong. I'm not done. Because of this situation I now know more clearly what I want, and I'm going to get back out there. I'm going to start moving forward again, only this time I know more and I am more determined!"
It truly is one of the best motivation tips and Mantras. If you feel it, think it and remind yourself often of it, you can be someone who becomes more resilient. You become someone one who uses 'set-backs' to propel you forward, NEVER letting them sink you or keep you down for long.
Now you choose, which will it be: the Mantra or red-tattoos on your shoulders? Either way is good!
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