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Succeeding after a brain injury can seem out of reach. But instead of being discouraged we can do something different. We can begin to look at success in a different way.
Let me Share what I Discovered
For many years I had no idea that I saw success through the eyes of “if”. If I just did enough I could experience success. But, like a carrot on the end of a string dangling just out of reach in front of a horse, success seemed just out of reach for me.
Nevertheless, I strove all the more in my attempts to do enough, to be enough to experience success.
Silly as It may Sound
Silly as it may sound, I was asked to not come back to a church because of “unrepentant striving”. I am not sure what that was all about, but the experience reinforced pain. A pain that left me confused. Confused because no matter how much I strove to do enough, to be enough, I felt alienated from God, other people and myself.
Through my pain I became sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Through my recovery process I became aware. In my awareness I began to see that my drive to be perfect was getting in my way. Getting in the way of my ability to experience and celebrate success.
Through my recovery process I was introduced to a concept.
A concept that helped me to see success in a different way. The concept: progress, not perfection. The concept that opened the door to seeing success in a different way. Success as a process, not a destination.
A concept that helped me to experience success in a different way.
Instead of seeing success as a completed jigsaw puzzle, I began to see success in each piece of the jigsaw puzzle. With my growing awareness, I began to see success in the journey, instead of in the outcome.
Doing the Footwork
My awareness helped me to realize that I could do the footwork. Do the footwork and then trust the process to a loving God to guide my steps.
And what I discovered was that as I let go of the outcomes I have more peace in my life.
Having more peace in my life helps me to realize that the pieces of the puzzle will come together. Come together to complete the puzzle at the right time.
And as the pieces of the puzzle come together more will be revealed. And as more is revealed the dots will connect forward.
Stop Judging My Efforts
Seeing success in a different way helped and continues to help me. Help me to stop judging my efforts.
Stop judging my efforts, one day at a time.
My Encouragement to You
In the event that you find that you are judging your efforts I would encouage you to look at success in a different way.
As a process not a destination. As a journey instead of an outcome. And stop judging your efforts.
The pieces of the puzzle will come together at the right time and in the right order.
Trust the process. Trust a loving God. And trust yourself.
More will be revealed with time. And the dots will connect forward.
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