Climbing Our Brick Walls

We all slip up. Every once in a while, you’ll come across a kink in your behaviors that you’ll want to fix or at least tone down. Don’t worry; it’s very normal to have this. You may wake up one day and realize you know nothing about who you actually are. Nothing to fret about.

It happens in almost everyone’s teen years and sometimes even when they’re forty! Something unexpected may come along that shatters your world and changes what you’re comfortable with. Still, it’s all right. So if you come across a brick wall in your life, don’t lament. It’s climbable, I guarantee you.

There’s a subtle key to changing for the better:

Don’t just talk about how high that wall is. Don’t just talk about jumping on and getting over it. Show that you’re willing to scale it by taking some active steps toward your goal to the top. It doesn’t matter whether they’re small steps or big steps, just take them.

And if you slip up – take note of your mistake, come up with another strategy, and try again next time. That’s it.

You may go through absolute hell trying to get over, you may acquire some cuts and scrapes, and, if it’s high enough, you may even shed a few tears. It doesn’t matter. No matter the height, no matter the texture or color or severity of the wall; all that matters is your grip.

As Randy Pausch, professor of Carnegie Mellon University, once said,

“Brick walls are there for a reason. They let us prove how badly we want things.”

What are your strategies and experiences in getting over your walls?



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