Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Rob White on how to embrace miss-takes as a part of your journey.
Rob is an author and explorer of the mind. He inspires minds at MindAdventure.com and Rob is the author of the book, 180: Climbing the Two Ladders to Inner Strength and Outer Freedom.
I asked Rob to write a post on one of the most important lessons he learned in life. One of Rob’s strengths is painting ideas with words in a lyrical way that makes you think, or re-think, as the case may be.
Just when you think you have your world figured out, Rob comes along and challenges you to see with new eyes, or listen with new ears, or feel with a new heart, to help you take a look from the balcony, from the inside out, and crank up your perspective to a whole new level.
Without further ado, here’s Rob on making mistakes as a way to grow and prosper …
Here is the greatest tip I can give anyone who is interested in fully realizing their potential: needed answers shine at the right and perfect time when you stop pretending you already have them.
Here is what an aspirant does with this tip: he commits to making as many miss-takes as necessary to get the answers needed to achieve his aspiration.
There is a caveat when committing to making miss-takes: don’t make the same exact miss-take – you should learn something from it, and improve on the next re-take of the miss-take.
The process of self-growth is simply a matter of re-taking a miss-take while envisioning a successful outcome. It is part of the growth and development process to miss the mark more than once, that is if your challenges are worthy ones.
- It is part of the ‘path of victory’ to go astray and then find one’s way.
- It is part of self-integrity to commit to making miss-takes in order to get answers that one needs to advance.
Life is forever moving. There are no static instances. There is never exact sameness in two consecutive moments. So, what is a person to do? Higher lessons and fabulous victories are offered to those who are willing to fail forward, are willing to place winning over protecting their vanity.
It’s a big error to commit to making no errors. This means you’re unwilling to take risks. The only way you arrive is to go astray. A right response to errors (miss-takes), is to quiet the mind and let the error tell you the answer it contains. With each answer, you come closer to the outcome you desire.
Intelligence is vulnerable to miss-takes. Intelligence is also more interested in correcting than protecting its old point of view. When you are being intelligent, you are being flexible, you are being spontaneous, you are being open minded, you are being courageous. You are also being vulnerable to looking foolish at first. What a thrill!
It is possible to turn any miss-take over to your intelligence; let it search out the answers for corrections. You cannot do this if you secretly claim you already know the answers. Choose to be open minded when you’re ignorant. Stick with that choice, and a whole world of answers will flock to your side.
For every person who sees the beauty in making miss-takes, there are 10,000 who do all they can to avoid them. This is why so few win, and so many fail in life.
What say you to this post?
What will you do with it?
In what domain of your life are you allergic to miss-takes?
In what domain do you love making miss-takes while eagerly anticipating answers?
You can find out more about Rob White at MindAdventure.com, and you explore and unleash your potential through his book, 180: Climbing the Two Ladders to Inner Strength and Outer Freedom.