We have all faced that dreaded event of something coming to an “end” – whether it was a sudden ending of something that had become comfortable, or your last gig just fizzed out. Things end and we have to readjust and reevaluate our goals and our dreams – decide how we want to move forward. If and WHEN this happens, take a deep breath and a couple of days (weeks or months) off to get alone and think and brace yourself up to jump to the next level. Failure – as so often we associate with something “ending” – is merely a stepping stone to discovering a new part of your map that holds another adventure for you! Here is a great article that I ran across on that subject from the Simply Luxurious Life:
“That’s exactly where you want to be: steeped to your eyebrows in failure. It’s a good place to be because failure is where success likes to hide in plain sight. Everything you want out of life is in . . . failure. The trick is to get the good stuff out.” – Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert
A fresh start. A clean slate. A second chance.
Perhaps a relationship has ended, or you have relocated to a new city. Or maybe, you are starting a new job, redecorating a room in your home, reorganizing your files or simply pressing the reset button on any aspect of your life that hasn’t been working or didn’t work out as you had hoped.
While beginning from scratch can feel as though you are a novice again, in reality, you are more of an expert than you realize, should you choose to use your powers.
When you begin again you bring with you the wisdom of what did and did not work, the insight of knowing how something will turn out in particular circumstances and the ability to not waste precious time and energy doing something that won’t provide the results you seek.
Cartoonist Scott Adams reiterates in his article in the WSJ that failure is a tool, not an outcome. So indeed, there is a grand gift in starting over.