Skin Those Knees Again
Once you’ve cantered outside of your comfort zone, you’ll discover lots of nasty tripping hazards you haven't encountered before. If you’ve been exploring the grounds beyond your comfort zone for a while, no doubt you already know about these divots, tufts and moats, because you’ve tripped and fallen face-first into the dirt.
There is no way around it, tripping hurts. Dirt in your teeth is gross and skinned knees sting. Plus, whether or not someone else saw you attacked by gravity, there tends to be a disheartening, post-tumble feeling of despair that no ointment will fix.
Nothing Else Feels Quite Like Failing
It’s what it feels like to fail at something new. It can be a heavy enough feeling that you might not know precisely how to get up again. You might even think you don’t want to bother getting up again, because, ugh, you flailed embarrassingly on the way down.
Don't Just Sit There
Getting up is key. Getting up is your chance to survey the thing that toppled you, figure out how you missed seeing it coming and make a plan to get around, over or under it next time.
There Will Be A Next Time
You've worked too hard to get to wherever you were before you biffed it. You were brave enough to navigate new terrain and take risks. You were willing to take a risk because you’ve learned a lot in your travels.
Now it’s time to spit out the dirt and learn something else.
Improve Your Recovery Speed
Resilience is something worth mastering. You may not be able to take a tumble gracefully, but the faster you can hoist yourself up, the better. One big difference between high achievers and the rest of the herd is how quickly you rebound. Bounce like you were born to hit the ground with the most force possible. That energy will assist you in achieving higher height with every impact. Hello, basic physics.
Shake Off That Awkward Feeling
Take a moment to brush away the dirt and clear your mind, but don’t get so busy sulking that you miss the chance to harness the adrenalin. Get back out there and find a new way to skin your knees.