Life is a tumultuous roller coaster ride. You may accept it and enjoy the ride, enjoying learning from your experiences, or you can rebel against all of life's difficulties, resenting every second of your trip. The latter prevents you from increasing or emerging, while the former allows you to learn from your experiences and become a better person.
Although the term "better" is subjective, one thing is certain: "better" implies improvement. Wherever you are, there is always room for progress. Even a monk seeks to develop himself daily, always striving to be a better person.
Life's challenges are unavoidable, and they may be exploited to your advantage. Individually one is a chance for personal growth and advancement. Ultimately, the idea is to apply the knowledge gained along the way to develop into the best version of yourself.
Your self-esteem momentarily erodes
"If you're terrified, you're a professional." Shane Snow
If you've been effective in the previous and find yourself sidetracked for whatever reason, don't consider it as a symbol that you're on the wrong track. Most likely, you've leveled up without recognizing it. "We control our acts," Dr. Stephen R. Covey stated, "but the repercussions of our activities are governed by principles."
When you master a single set of principles, you will see an improvement in your life. You'll gain more competence, success, and confidence. Your interactions with other individuals will be far more meaningful and profound. Your social group will transition from those engaged merely in amusement to individuals interested in problem solving and advancement.
However, after mastering a certain degree of principles, you will become aware of higher-order principles. You'll immediately feel as though you're a youngster again. You have no idea how these regulations operate. You'll begin to make errors. Your self-esteem will erode. "You don't appear to be yourself," others will comment. You'll wonder whether you'll ever feel that same intense sensation again. You will rest assured.
Everything will seem as though it is collapsing
Napoleon Hill suffered from depression for several months before his greatest triumph in life. Even though he was fully aware of his capabilities, he became immobilized and helpless. He was at his lowest point. His personal life, finances, and relationships began to unravel.
When the agony grew sufficiently acute, something happened. A switch has been flicked. In his own words, "I was possessed by my 'Other self,'" which lacked fear, was entirely clear, and worked with a sense of purposefulness.
With this sharp clarity, he had clear insights into accomplishing his objectives. However, this acceleration and advancement occurred following several months of defeat, bewilderment, and melancholy. He had advanced in rank and was now confronted with more tasks and responsibilities than he had ever encountered. According to historian Will Durant, "I believe that the typical man's capability might be quadrupled if the occasion demanded it."
It took him some time adjusting to his new situation's higher-order demands. However, he adapted. And you will adapt. You have not yet ascended to the heights you are about to ascend because you have never been more in demand than you are now.
You harbor a dread of success. You're unsure if you want to continue soaring. However, you already know in your heart that you will.
You'll begin to doubt yourself and your objectives
In the thick of your bewilderment and lack of performance — while your world appears to be collapsing around you — you'll begin to doubt yourself and your path.
To begin, your life is not collapsing. You are now operating at a far higher and more powerful level than at any point in history. You're still getting used to what it implies. You will ascend.
However, you will doubt in the interim. Clarity will be absent. You will experience disorientation.
At these times, you must adhere to your fundamental practices for clarity. You'll need to expand your knowledge and meditation/prayer practice. The clarity that previously appeared to flow indefinitely may seem depleted for a while. It won't be very encouraging.
You will feel isolated - even if close friends surround you
Regardless of the depth and quality of your relationships, you will feel alone. You require alone time. Simultaneously, you must maintain connectivity.
You are as infected as your secrets.
Isolation will not assist you in reaching your destination. As you advance in achievement, you will need to be more connected. If you get alone and remain secluded for an extended time, you will lose your mind. Everything will come crumbling down in such a situation. According to Greg McKeown, "success will serve as a stimulant for failure."
Therefore, take the time necessary to achieve clarity. However, be even more vulnerable and candid with your "close circle" today. That is not to say that you will not feel alone. You will undoubtedly feel alone. However, this sensation will pass quickly, similar to the lack of confidence. You are developing and being cleansed.
You'll quickly see the people in your life with a newfound sense of love and gratitude. Your gratitude for all they do for you will be at its height. Your delight in the small things will outweigh any accomplishment or goal you seek.
You'll lose interest in the things that used to motivate you
For a while, you may feel completely cut off from your passion, craft, and objective. What once kept you up at night with excitement now causes you to sleep in an attempt to avoid it.
External pressure feels excessive, and Concentration is more difficult. It's more challenging to enter the zone. This numbness is not due to a lack of concern, though. You've made strides in your comprehension. You've evolved. You are now being double-teamed.
It is how you gain a higher level of mastery and the subconscious capacity to execute under the most adverse situations.
Pursue breakthroughs. They will appear. The light will eventually shine through. And soon enough, it will manifest with force, unlike anything you've ever encountered.
You will begin to go through the motions and continue to succeed — but it will not be as fun
For a time, you may feel as though you are going through the motions. You'll have gained sufficient velocity that muscle memory will take control. However, your heart will only be in it for a little while.
You will continue to succeed. However, it will be irrelevant to you because you did not make any effort.
When you master a single set of principles, you will see an improvement in your life. The key is to apply the knowledge gained along the way to develop into the best version of yourself. "The typical man's capability might be quadrupled if the occasion demanded it," says Will Durant. You are now operating at a far higher and more powerful level than at any point in history.
Clarity will be absent, and you'll doubt yourself and your objectives. For a while, you may feel completely cut off from your passion, craft, and purpose. What once kept you up at night with excitement now causes you to sleep in an attempt to avoid it. You will continue to succeed, but it will be irrelevant because you did not make any effort.