When we were young we called them “Do-Overs.” If you fell during the cartwheel or the ball missed the hoop, we could yell “DO-OVER!” and get another chance. In golf they’re called “Mulligans,” when your tee shot travels 3 feet off the tee or careens into the woods you can, depending on who you’re playing with, take another shot without penalty.
So what about in life?
When something you’ve worked hard at trying to accomplish just isn’t working out, do we get to put it away and start over? How long do we continue at something that isn’t working. The saying, which by the way, I am not fond of, is beating a dead horse.
There comes a time to admit that what we’re doing just not working. A new start needs to be made. It can be ethical, monetary, or time issues that pull the plug. And although many may interpret giving up as a weakness, I believe it takes great strength to admit it’s not working. So, put it to rest and begin again.
The positive spin calls it a “Fresh Start.” Yet although it is fresh, it is by no means starting from scratch. We get to use all of our gathered experience from our past attempts and learn from our mistakes. Learning from your mistakes is key. Part of “Starting Over” includes remembering our mistakes, gathering what we have learned and moving forward.
It’s never failure if you learn from it.
Don’t be afraid to start over.
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