There are always going to be challenges that knock us so hard that we fall righ on our backsides. Whether it’s work, relationships, or home-life.
It can seem like there are no options.
“How can I fix this thing that is broken?”
Maybe you’re trying to do the wrong thing. Sometimes, you need to let that thing burn to the ground.
Set The Charges
Not everything can be fixed. That project, that career, that idea – maybe it’s just not right.
Perhaps it’s time for another incarnation of that concept, like rebooting a movie. Reuse some of the constituent parts, add some new elements in, shake it about, and maybe that will be better.
We can’t always go in the same direction. You might have to admit you shouldn’t have turned left. It might be time to turn around.
Maybe it’s time to get out of that relationship, if it’s no good for either of you. Or that job is leading you nowhere. Or that project, or business, is just not as compelling as it should be.
Think of a wildfire. It’s a storm of chaos, smoke, heat. It destroys everything in its path. It kills, maims, and traumatises. But, like so much in nature, it has a purpose.
The carbon released in the cathartic fires of the wildfire rejuvenate the soil. And where there once was only blackness, green shoots soon grow. The world reboots, burns everything to the ground, so life can go on in a promising new direction.
Work, love, and life are just the same.
Two Steps Back
It can feel counter-intuitive, but moving forwards is not always right.
And being stuck in the throngs of the situation can blinker your view of what is going on.
You need to zoom out to the 30,000 feet, general on a hill, type perspective. What is the long-term prognosis? What is the honest benefit that will come of what I’m doing? What would happen if I quit?
The truth is, if done carefully, the world will not end. As long as you move right onto the next thing.
And from quitting that job, project, relationship, business idea, etc you might just find yourself on a path to greater success.
Often in life, it’s better to take two steps back to take one forward.
KG Heath is a digital health tech professional, author, and lifestyle blogger. You can download his debut novel FREE here.