Here are some illuminating tips that have turned my life around 180 degrees. Ponder them. Take them seriously. They can make a huge difference in how you feel about yourself and life. Also, they will help you to walk straight toward your aspirations (no more wobbling).
Dare to expect glorious triumphant results
Yes, it will be checkered with failure… so what?… The raccoon doesn’t consider it a failure when he cannot open my new garbage can lid. He still gets results knocking the barrel around.
Refuse to live in the shade
The shade is where folks hide out who are simply hoping to avoid defeat… The raccoon is bold with his efforts. His goal is to find food. He knows there is no food in the shadows. He welcomes defeat as he ‘oopses’ his way to success.
You are always getting results… only humans define some of it as ‘failure’… how can it be called ‘failure’ if you are always looking to learn something new?
Do you know what matters more than the outcome? Answer: Your experience of the outcome… I notice the raccoon is always adapting his (her) behavior. Sometimes he pounces from the left. Sometimes he pounces from the right. Sometimes he gets on the limb of the tree and drops down onto the barrel lid from above; always getting results of one kind or another… and always with the idea of food in mind.
Drop the idea that ‘success’ means good… and… ‘failure’ means bad.
Society has outsmarted itself by thinking that calling someone a ‘failure’ (implying he’s bad), will motivate that person to succeed. Don’t play that game with yourself… I notice the other raccoon always encourages the barrel assailant… never laughs or makes fun of him when he topples over or skids on his rear… which, by the way… are results. Perhaps not the results he wants but certainly there is something going on.
Learn to love your miss-takes… how else are you to grow?
We evolved out of the dark, damp caves (living with rats) into nice homes (with lights and air conditioning) as a consequence of accumulated failures (offering lessons for advancement)… the raccoon that knocks over my garbage can has fun with his miss-takes. I can see he him laughing. He is looking for food and intends to love the process. If what he does isn’t working- he chortles, looks at the situation with an aim to tweak his behavior, and proceeds with the aim of ‘getting food’.
YES, YES, YES… the raccoon has succeeded at opening the scientifically proven ‘raccoon proof’ lid that I purchased at the local hardware store.
Robert Louis Stevenson said, “Give me the young man (raccoon) who has enough brains to make a fool of himself.”… and I add to that: ‘and I will give you the man (raccoon) who cannot be stopped by life’.
(1) How can you apply this blog to your life?
(2) What can you add to this blog to help your fellow community members?
(3) When have you made a fool of yourself and won?
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