Being Better

First geocaching after injury--photo by Glenda Clemens 2016

First geocaching after injury–photo by Glenda Clemens 2016

When we strive to become
better than we are,

everything around us
becomes better too.

– Paulo Coelho

As I’m coaching clients I’ve learned that sometimes we can’t fix things completely, but we can make them better.  In becoming better at life we become more adept at changing what needs to be changed and more accepting of ourselves on the path. It’s the little things that help us to be more of who and what we are.

Whatever you think can’t be done,
somebody will come along and do it.
– Thelonious Monk

Over and over again my clients want to know why they can’t do something that someone else seems to be able to do. I’ve quit trying to answer this question–coaches don’t answer very many questions anyway! What I do try is to ask another question–that’s what coaches really do! So, I would ask you, “Why do you think you can’t do that (whatever it is)?” If a lot of whining and excuses become the answer, I just keep asking questions until finally the client says something like, “Well maybe I can do it, I just haven’t figured out how yet.” Then, life and we began to be better.

Ninety-nine percent of all failures
come from
who have a habit of making excuses.

– George Washington Carver

Being better isn’t the same as being perfect. It isn’t the same as achieving all your goals. Being better at life is simply learning from our mistakes, brushing ourselves off and keeping on keeping on.  We as humans are really, really remarkably good at this.  How do I know? We walk upright.  As infants, we just lay there until we begin to kick our feet, then rock side-to-side, then roll over, then get up on our knees and hands, then crawl, then pull ourselves up (usually on that coffee table that is going to knock our head about over and over) and finally we take our first step. Then two. Maybe three. Then we fall down.

“Success is not final,
failure is not fatal:

it is the courage
to continue that counts.” 

― Winston S. Churchill

AND then we stand up and try it again and again until we are walking on two feet. We are very good at this. Yes sometimes we fall down but we get better and better at it until the falls are few and far between. That’s life. Keep trying. Fall down. Maybe try something different. Fall down. Do it again. Fall down. BUT along the way we each get better and better at this thing we call life.

“You may encounter many defeats,
but you must not be defeated.
In fact,
it may be necessary
to encounter the defeats,
so you can know who you are,
what you can rise from,
how you can still come out of it.” 

― Maya Angelou


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