“If it ain’t practical it ain’t spiritual” and this Dear Abbey session will show you exactly what that means! You can listen to the WROAR Radio broadcast of “Question Everything” with co-hosts JK and Deeone below.
Right results comes from wrong action – success begins with error.
This is an interesting truth – right results comes from wrong action. Certainly we all agree that results are a consequence of action. How are you to achieve your dreams in life if you sit on your duff and do nothing? Did you know, though, that right results are a consequence of wrong action that has been corrected?
If you intend to experience your lofty abstractions in the real world, it is imperative that you make miss-takes. Every lofty goal achieved begins with an error that needs correcting. When you learned to walk, were you up jogging on the first try? When you learned to talk, were you saying, “momma and dada” immediately? What about “antidisestablishmentarianism” – how many mistakes did you make before you could say that? When you learned to read and when you learned to write – you were on a continual path of ‘course correction’ … right?
Achieving excellence with anything new requires having breakthroughs – which is a product of continual correction – re-taking your miss-takes by refining your behavior until you finally celebrated a successful take.
When a commercial airliner leaves Boston for Seattle, it is off course 99% of the time. Fortunately, it has a navigational system that is constantly noticing the mistakes, and calling for corrections … and the auto-pilot complies. (Altitude is too high … correct. Altitude too low … correct. Dutch rolling to the left … correct. Dutch rolling to the right … correct. Veering too far east … correct. Veering too far west … correct. Going too slow … correct. Going too fast … correct). And before you know it – there you are at the Seattle airport ten minutes ahead of time.
Human beings didn’t put a man on the moon without a lot of corrected action; didn’t invent a heavier-than-air flying machine without a lot of corrected action; didn’t invent a horseless buggy without a lot of corrected action; didn’t invent the bow and arrow without a lot of corrected action. Open one small window of your mind to correction, and you will be basking in growth-stimulating sunshine.
Right results comes from wrong action that is corrected again and again. Without correction we do not grow in wisdom, we do not develop our talents, we do not access our unrealized potential.
The secret to success is being willing to look foolish, to be corrected, to be wrong, and take none of it personally. You can’t make necessary corrections when you’re busy protecting your fragile ego.
When you set your sight on excellence rather than mediocrity, you don’t care if you look foolish along the journey. It’s the final outcome that you value. True guidance comes to those who get bored with achieving mediocrity in order to avoid looking foolish.
Folks who become masters of their trade, are folks who are too busy doing what they don’t know how to do. They see their miss-takes as adventures in learning. They are willing to make miss-takes in order to learn how to refine what they are doing.
Rightness rushes in to fill the space when you are willing to learn from the wrongness. Choose to grow from your errors, stick to that choice, and a whole new world opens to you. Do you like this idea? Then choose to grow; begin now making miss-takes.
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Thank you, and blessings
On a side note: If you are in Boston, you cannot afford to miss our next Mind Adventure Meetup. Space is very limited. More info here.