Getting back on the train
Riding bikes is fun, falling is part of the journey and getting back up is what makes it all worthwhile. As a young kid I enjoyed riding my bike, I would spend hours practicing jumps and seeing how quickly I could race around the garden. It is natural to assume that I had some hard falls, where I hit the ground with some force.
Something that I have been reflecting on recently is around how we respond to getting back onto the train or picking up the task at hand when we fall off.
As we become more confident at doing a task or an activity, things become easier, and we start to get into a flow. It feels good and things move smoothly, just like a freshly cleaned bicycle that is being propelled by a fresh set of legs. Why is it then then that we need to remind ourselves to keep pushing an to level up?
The reality is that advancements or improvements don’t happen by themselves. We can keep turning the wheels at the same pace, but it is failing and responding to these learnings that we gain the opportunity to level up and grow.
When you are a young kid, getting back up after you fall down isn’t always the easiest. But once you are back up, you quickly focus on the new task at hand at don’t think too much about the fall. The reality is though that this was a feedback mechanism and it taught us something.
The hardest part of doing something is often starting and the getting back on the train after you have taken a tumble. Don’t delay — learn, get up, and get going — because the longer you what the more frustrated you will get.