I've stumbled a bit. I was doing really well with my word and my new (as yet mostly undisclosed) New Year's goals, and then I faltered.
And yet, I find myself struggling against that negative inner critic
who reminds me of all my past failures as evidence of the outcome of
this current project. I find myself arguing with her about what this
stumble on the path toward my goal really means about me. The nicer, rational part of me
thinks it means I'm human and fallible and...so what!?
Today I'm wondering:
What is the best solution when you stumble—or fall down, perhaps never to regain the same path—on a
journey? Is it a marker of imminent failure? Is it evidence of your
past patterns of failure beginning to play themselves out in a brand new
glorious way? Maybe this is really just an opportunity to remind myself
to be gentle. Maybe it doesn't mean I should give up on my goal or stop
I'm finding that perseverance and being gentle and kind to myself are not mutually exclusive. After all, I made each of these goals in an effort to improve myself in some way. What better moment than this to take the opportunity to be
supportive of myself when I'm not feeling totally successful?
Persevere with gentleness. I'll try on this new mantra for a while and see how it serves me.
do you do when you stumble? Would you change that response in any way?
What's the best advice you have to support others going through this
same type of struggle? I'd be honored to learn from all your wisdom.