One of the best lessons that I learned in my life was to take action that is different from what I have been doing in order to end up somewhere else. The first time that I did this was when I enlisted in the Navy as a twenty year old. At the time it was the hardest choice that I had ever made. Later I found it was also one of the best decisions of my life. Out of that one decision, I grew so much in a short amount of time.
Here are five lessons that I learned out of that experience that has helped me throughout many different seasons of my life.
- It is easier to keep doing what is already familiar to you even if it is not good for you. Don’t give into that familiarity.
- People often want a guaranteed payback or result before they change or move toward the unknown. Make a good decision and then surrender your attachment to how it all plays out. Learn to move toward that uncertainty, you will figure it out.
- Use this gauge when choosing; will it challenge me? will it build me up? will I grow by facing this? Will I be proud if I accomplish this?
- Remember that you have way more ability, resiliency and ability to grow than you give yourself credit for, you just have to put yourself in the place that will allow you to prove it to yourself.
- Allow yourself to fail. Failure is a tool that allows you to tweak, learn and try again. Doing this consistently is how experts are born.