How often have you faced a serious dilemma in your life only to think, you have no options? It’s pretty easy to end up in that thinking. Believe me, I’ve been there. It’s also easy to get stuck there, which can be pretty frustrating, especially for someone who typically has no problem scaling walls. We must realize that the existence of the wall and how ominous it appears is determined in our own thinking.
“Breakthroughs happens when limiting thoughts and behaviors are challenged,” – Fabienne Fredrickson. We can see the wall like the Butterfly Wall on American Ninja Warrior or we can recognize that we just need to think in a new way and take on the challenge. It is when we stare at the wall in defeat that we fail before we begin. It is that failure and brokenness, however, that can help us transcend our current state.
What I want you to understand is that disappointment and perceived failure can be, and often is, the most important part of your breakthrough.
Life has its challenges and these are connected to our hopes, which when things don’t go according to how we want them to go, are crushed. Crushed hopes and broken dreams don’t feel good, but this is part of the process.
I could break into the theme song, Circle of Life, from the Lion King to provide some inspiration here, but stick with me.
Of course it feels much better to be on top of the world than stuck in the mire, but look at your perspective from that deep dark place. In that place, our desires, hopes, and dreams can be resuscitated. Looking down we see nothing but muck, looking up, we can see the world from an angle we hadn't seen before. We now know more. We now see more.
Everything that is real, was imagined first. From a state of brokenness and hopelessness, awareness can be realized. Awareness is an awakening to the reality of the current state, minus our limiting thoughts from our perception. It is was REALLY is, not what we FEEL it is.
So many times in life, we allow challenges to become something that they really are not. We make mountains out of molehills, per say. We build ominous walls, where there really is simply a gate that needs to be opened. Our purpose in life is not to break even, but to break rules, break records, and break through.
I’d like to encourage you today to think of your challenges from a state of what the challenges truly are, not what you perceive them to be. Only in this state of reflection will you see the true image of what needs to be done.
“For things to reveal themselves to us we need to be ready to abandon our views about them,” Thich Nhat Hanh. Broken hopes are the starting point of manifested dreams. Be encouraged- you got this!
Jolene Church is currently working on doctoral research on the effects of critical thinking programming on organizational leaders. She is a mindfulness practitioner and the co-author of the newly released, Thinking 101: Fundamentals of a Successful Mindset- available now on Amazon in paperback and Kindle or at www.successfulthinkingmindset.com