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.
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!”