Try, Try Again!
Updated: Apr 19
We oftentimes fail even when we try our best.
But the growth comes when we try again and get past our limiting beliefs.
Take it from my son. Check out his story and how he got over his limiting beliefs by trying again.
This week's tip comes from a bike ride with my son on Spider Mountain. At a certain spot, the brakes on my son's mountain bike went out. We tried to adjust them, and we thought everything was good, but the brakes went out again right as he was going down a pretty steep descent. Now this steep descent ends with a sharp turn and a berm, and if you're not on top of it and you don't have your brakes working well, you're basically going to fly right over the handlebars. And that's essentially what he did. Now he's 14, and he's still learning, but he did great, and he got up and he brushed himself off. Nothing was broken, hallelujah, except for his brakes, right? So we had to adjust them again.
This was the beginning of the morning, and as the day progressed, he gained more and more confidence. His bike was working well again, and before we left I had this thought in my mind: "He's got to do this one more time. He's got to take the part of the trail where he such problems." The reason is because if he didn't, he most likely would have left that day stuck and having a limiting block and belief about this part of the mountain. And that could have left him psychologically scarred.
So we did the trail again, and when we got to that spot, his brakes were working just fine. I asked him, "Son, do you want to try this again? Your brakes are working well. You can do this. I know you have the skills. I know you have the ability to do it. It really just comes down to your psychology, and to getting past your fears." And he said, "No, Dad, I don't want do it." I said, "I know you don't want to, but I think you should because it will help you to get past your fear of this part of the trail." And he said, "Okay." And I said, "All right, then you go first." And we all followed him and he did fantastic! He went right down, and he did just fine. He did great and we all said, "See it wasn't you, it was just the brakes, and you got over your fear."
A lot of times as we are working toward achieving goals in our work and in our personal lives, there are limiting blocks. There are limiting beliefs. There is fear of failure and fear of success. There are things that go on underneath everything that get in our way. I would like to ask you to share the following: What are those things that get in your way, and what have you done to help get over them, just like my son?
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