Expanding Your Horizons

A man was teaching his young son how to ride a bike, and inevitably, his son fell many times. Each time the boy fell down, his dad would tell him, “You’re getting so good!”

After a while, frustrated, near tears and lying on the pavement, the young boy asked his father,

“Why do you keep saying that? I’m falling down over and over!” The man replied, “Yes son, that is exactly how you get good. You are learning what doesn’t work.” 

The next day the man awoke to shouts and laughter outside his window. When he pulled back the drapes he discovered his son joyfully riding his bike down the sidewalk.

Expanding Your Horizons

If you are keeping yourself trapped inside your comfort zone to avoid making mistakes, you may actually be making the greatest mistake of all—limiting your opportunity for growth.

With the benefit of 60+ years of hindsight, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are no such things as mistakes. Only things I tried that didn’t deliver the result I expected in the way and time I hoped. But some of my greatest learning experiences have come from what looked like my greatest fiascos. Sometimes, years after the event, I can see how things not going the way I planned proved a better path for revealing and advancing the highest good for all, in all, through all.

To experience my most cathartic, joyful breakthroughs and make my greatest possible contribution to the world, I had to let go of my fear of the unknown and the unpredictable, give up the illusion of control, trust my intuition and take some risks. While the dead ends, bumps and bruises along the way were sometimes frustrating and painful, they were also my greatest teachers. 

Say a resounding “yes” to life! Keep expanding your horizons. Embrace new opportunities and challenges with hope, curiosity and a grateful heart. Over time, like all of the great inventors, you’ll tap into huge veins of gold by becoming really good at eliminating what doesn’t work so that you can reveal the immense power of what does.

In the words of country singer Kathy Mattea, “Spread your wings, close your eyes and always trust your cape!”

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About djwlifecoach

As a retired board-certified coach, author and Reiki master teacher, I continue to share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. What's love got to do with minimizing stress and getting unstuck? Everything! My book, "Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life!" (Hay House/Balboa Press 2013) shares my story and the stories of 10 of my clients along with my signature Discovery Framework. During my 30 years as an organization transformation consultant, I served as a senior partner in four of the world's largest, most prestigious global professional services firms. In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll. My recovery from burnout, including a sustained 80-pound weight loss and freedom from 10 years of debilitating depression, led to finding my purpose sharing hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. Through healing and self-exploration, I discovered that loving yourself unconditionally is the key to transforming your personal life, your work and the world. With attention and intention, I learned to live in alignment with love through a wealth of energy-shifting tools and techniques that help me reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm by releasing limiting beliefs, emotions and habits. My books, blog and radio episodes help individuals and organizations harness the transformative energy of love to turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into their greatness. Learn more and access FREE resources at djwlifecoach.blog. For fun, I love singing, reading, sewing, knitting, golfing and movies. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia with my husband, Wilson, and the coaching cats who manage my life—SiddhaLee and Maisy Jane.
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1 Response to Expanding Your Horizons

  1. Heidi Normandin says:

    Thank you for the messages in your newsletters. I find such comfort in the words, especially your last one about falling off track this fall and then going back to the basics to overcome your fear and overwhelm. I am feeling lots of both right now as I end this job in Denver and move back to Wisconsin for another job. It’s a lot to take in. Have a wonderful weekend, Heidi Normandin(Denver)

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