When your plans get derailed, it doesn’t mean you have failed to achieve your goal. Sometimes failure (and the reason you fail) contains valuable insight. I realised this first hand this week. What I discovered shocked me. This new realisation will make me a stronger person once I heal that deep part of myself which has been cowering within the recesses of my being.
Last Sunday I vowed to start a 21 day programme of wellness. I had designed up my plan and was prepared. It was going to be a hectic week and I knew it was going to test my resolve. However, I didn’t factor in an event on Day 1 that would challenge me to the core and evoke the beginning of a deeper understanding of myself. Without going into the nitty-gritty of the cause, the experience had me thinking about all of the times I have chastised myself for failing to achieve a goal I set myself.
How often do we limit our potential for growth by setting specific targets and then measuring ourselves against them?
Being In The Moment
One of the goals I had set for myself was to focus on being more mindful every day. I can honestly say that I really nailed that this week. Whilst I remained aware of my emotional, mental needs, I didn’t dwell in my emotional mental crap. Although I emotionally ate my way through it, I acknowledged the pain and felt it whilst getting on with my day. My sub-conscious was also getting in on the mindfulness act. The dreams have been vivid and I have been able to recall what I experience and see in my journal. On closer analysis, the dreams make sense and provide confirmation for me as to what I am experiencing.
This week is a new week. I revisit Day 1 of my 21 day programme of wellness tomorrow. This time though it will be in the knowledge I am a step ahead of where I was last week. I wont be measuring myself against any time-driven goals. My body will convey success in whatever form it chooses. Just as it reveals new layers and realisations .
Have a wonderful week! xx
Anne McCormack is author of the book, Lovitude: Trying To Calm The Monkey Mind and the award-winning, Peacock Dreaming: The Wisdom Of Flowers.
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