People fail. I consider it a truism and an activity we should engage in more often. Tasks we practice and perfect, become rote. With memorized movements, the process is automatic, and our brain is no longer fully engaged. Our culture prizes efficiency and mastery of specific skill sets, which forces experts to learn minute facts in an ever-tightening circle. The culmination creates grandmasters of hollow details they dissect into oblivion. It leaves us with a deep void we can’t fill.
Gaining mastery in a task is commendable, but problems arise when we deem we have arrived at our ultimate destination. With nowhere else to go, we have no reason to question assumptions, challenge the status quo, or think of alternate possibilities. We stop learning and cut off any conversation that runs counter to standard operating procedures.
Risk-taking is scary, and like a child learning to walk, the only guarantee is the opportunity to stumble, fall, and struggle. The fact is, we only fail if we end the journey with the first roadblock. The trial of trying something new is also exciting and exhilarating. We experience the world from a unique perspective. We are more alive when our intellect is challenged, and we are consumed by a problem to solve. We decide if our ineptitude is an embarrassment or a magnificent adventure filled with wonderful discoveries. I opt to embrace failure and move forward to success.
What will you try today?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer