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Overcoming Brick Walls and Embracing Growth
Every day for the rest of your life, you will find yourself at one of three phases: aspiration, success, failure. You will battle the ego in each of them. You will make mistakes in each of them. - Ryan Holiday, The Ego is the Enemy
Sometimes on our journey, we run into what seems like brick walls and want to give up. Some walls can be traumatic, and you feel no way around them.
If the brick wall feels like a failure of sorts, keep in mind that Amercian author and trainer to thousands of successful entrepreneurs wisely said, "I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed: and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I fail and keep trying."
I’ve run into many brick walls during my entrepreneurial career, and after coming out the other side, I appreciate this quote by Robin Marvel, author of Healing Childhood Trauma.
“Setbacks cause you to reevaluate yourself and your direction. You have the choice to use this setback as a lesson or as a reason to give up. When you decide to take it as a lesson of what doesn’t work, you can apply that lesson toward the next step you redefine yourself. That’s powerful, so you will find yourself excited, and your passion is ignited again. The same thing happens to your self-perception when you face trauma and choose to use it as a guide for growth.”
If you are experiencing something that seems to have knocked you off track, reframe your perspective by focusing on what's within your control and finding silver linings. Seek support from friends, family, or mentors for guidance and encouragement. Be sure to prioritize self-care to build strength for the next set of challenges.
"You just can't beat the person who never gives up." - Babe Ruth.