We live in a world where dream-stealers tell us to be scared to dare greatly, because of the chance of failure and the level of risk. But all great adventures have a risk and a chance of failure. That’s the whole point, otherwise, it isn’t an adventure!
We are into our second year of Homeschooling and I must admit, by the 4th term last year I was ready to call it quits and started preparing a backup plan. I felt the pressure of failure with what I had originally set out to accomplish at the beginning of the year. Some big decisions had to be made and often the overwhelmingness of the situation takes over and I take the easy way out.
I had a few people remind me that nothing worthwhile is ever easy, not everyone is going to get behind you, rejection and disappointment will appear from time to time. Harsh words to hear but I knew there was a lesson in there somewhere right? I needed to take myself back to the reasons why we decided to walk this road with our kids in the first place.
In the end, I chose to ‘commit to fail’, to prepare myself to embrace failure so I can set myself up for success. To use failure as a stepping stone to where I want to be. After my husband and I acknowledged this decision of accepting failure to succeed we actually have incredible peace about walking into the second year with a new mindset.
We live in a world where dream-stealers tell us to be scared to dare greatly, because of the chance of failure and the level of risk. But all great adventures have a risk and a chance of failure. That’s the whole point, otherwise, it isn’t an adventure! Bear Grylls
My son Zaiah awoke last night having had a nightmare. First of all, he called for Daddy. Yes! I don’t need to get up I thought as I continued to lay comfy in bed. But Daddy didn’t cut it. It was a 2 parent effort. He ended up in our bed for the rest of the night, needless to say, he was the only one who got a good night sleep.
It’s moments like these that the decision to homeschool is a bonus. In the morning we didn’t have to rush, I had a long chat with Zaiah about the dream he’d had and was able to really get to the bottom of the problem. It was to do with what he had watched on TV the previous day. I was able to answer his questions after questions and comfort him, pray with him, really listen to his worries and help him to deal with it. The smile returned to his cheeky little face as his questions were met with loving answers. I walked away from our in-depth chat feeling like I’d accomplished something great. All those thoughts of self-doubt washed away for a moment and I was again reminded of the purpose I have at this time in my life to be there for my kids during their schooling years.
Today I had a win. Tomorrow may be different, who knows. What I do know is that I am far more productive if I shut the door on self-doubt and continue to believe in myself. It’s the journey that makes it worthwhile, it’s not always about the end result.
Believe in yourself and the rest will fall into place. Have faith in your own abilities, work hard, and there is nothing you cannot accomplish. Brad Henry
You may have heard this one hundred times but let me be voice one hundred and one if there is something you have been putting off in your own life Step out in the face of fear and don’t be afraid to fail. We can either be brave or hide. What do you want to accomplish this year?
Let’s be brave together!