Life has a remarkable ability to place us in situations that are unfamiliar and unexpected. This happens every single day in the small doses, with the occasional monumental surprise that carries over into much longer periods of time. Although we do not have a choice of when life presents us with these events, we are not completely at the mercy of them either. How we choose to view these shifting circumstances is entirely up to us.
Shifting the perspective of how seemingly unfortunate events are viewed from a place of anger, panic and despair to the realization that change and mistakes are crucial to improvement is key. In life, you must harness the ability to experience valuable learning opportunities in the lows and dark times if you want to lead a fulfilling existence.
The remainder of this article will discuss ways in which you can ensure you are learning from the lessons presented by the greatest teacher of them all, life.
Adjusting The Game Plan
When planning out your path, whether scheduling day-to-day routines or looking 10 years down the road, it is perfectly okay to have in mind the way things ought to go. In fact, doing so is a great way to set goals for yourself and provide concrete steps to reach them. However, always be certain to plan for the inevitable potholes, construction, and traffic jams certain to be encountered on your path. Make sure your concept of how things will happen is flexible enough to manage abrupt changes in plans. The biggest factor dictating just how well you are learning from life’s lessons is whether or not you are able to change course and still be headed toward your desired destination.
Over Analysis Is Paralysis
Make no mistake, taking the time to consider all the variables and consequences of one choice or decision over another is wise. Flying through life with reckless abandon is a sure fire way to fall short of any goal or achievement you hope to obtain. However, there is a difference between good judgment and worried obsession. You are certainly aware of this already, but life waits for no one. Time will continually march to the beat of its own drum whether we are in sync with it or not. Oftentimes, some of the best opportunities presented to us require quick decision-making and courage. If you find yourself obsessively pondering every minor decision you are required to make, you are going to miss out on some really great things. This middle ground between recklessness and overly cautious is different for everyone. Find yours and maintain it.
Be Skeptical Of Shortcuts
How many times have you achieved something you are truly proud of without investing a significant amount of time and effort into pursuing that feat? Virtually any respectable goal or destination in life is not going to be obtained through half hazard persistence. Life can be quite the temptress at times, and on your journey you will encounter various get rich quick schemes (monetarily and otherwise) that will promise marginal gain with minimal effort. One of the greatest lessons to be learned in your pursuit is the ability to discern false promises of success from sound methods of reaching your goals. Nothing worth having comes easy.
Regardless of when you begin or end your formal education, the learning process never actually ends. From the time we are born to the end of life, we are constantly exposed to potential lessons in every avenue of the human existence. Make sure you remain a lifelong student in your personal journey.