2010 ended for me with a broken collarbone; sustained whilst skiing (or as I call it, falling with style) and hitting a pile of soft snow. Lots of pins, tons of pain and an immovable arm for weeks and weeks really cemented my fear of falling over – especially in the cold weather.
So recently we’ve had a ton of snow and as the weather has warmed up a smidgeon and the rain has fallen, we now have ice rink glistening outside our front door and all the way up the road and beyond. As you might imagine, the temptation to stay indoors until spring has sprung is overwhelming but we have a little dog who “needs” her twice daily walks and to be honest, I need and enjoy the walks too! (More on that, in another blog post).
So today with baited breath and a waddle to rival a penguin we set off in trepidation and as predicted it was super slippery. “I’m gonna fall” went round and round in my head at an alarming rate – and we hadn’t even reached the end of the road.
We live near a junior school and regularly see the little kids walking back and back and forth, come rain, shine (or snow). Today as I waddled up by the school at a snail’s pace, my mind consumed with my bottom bouncing on the ice, I realized the children were walking right past me, not slipping, not sliding, not waddling, not fearful…. Just walking.
So I got to thinking… as the children streamed past, chatting, laughing; eager to get into the warmth, I don’t think it occurs to them that they could fall over. And I had the feeling if they slipped or slithered…. they would adjust and continue on their journey home.
We know in life the more you focus on something the more likely it is to happen – whether that be a positive or a negative thing. My focus about falling on the ice only increases the likelihood of it happening.
So whether we’re talking about dealing with ice underfoot, our everyday lives or business life – the same principle is true. There are always going to be slips, trips, wibbles and wobbles along the way – that’s life. It’s how we handle them that really counts. We can make adjustments or change the way we are doing something. The important thing is that we keep going.
And if we do fall? Well…that’s a possibility on the ice and in life. We have to muster the strength to collect our thoughts (and if it’s the ice, our dignity too) and get back up again to continue our journey.
So if you’re fearful about the next step, having a wobble or find yourself on the floor – I’m here to help. If I can do it…. I know YOU can too!