It does come together. Everything. The power of faith, was the unseen force that I realized in the end. The reaffirmations do work, when every single cell in your body is aligned, to the same destiny.
It had been a tough 4 weeks practice. I had lost most of the games. It was hot and peak summer. We didn’t have air conditioning those day. Table tennis is considered one of the fastest games, because it requires sharp reflex and focus. My brother and I would go and practice in a small club, which had good players. Our father wanted to us to move a notch up in the game. From a nice cozy environment, the arena had changed to much bigger and we found ourselves like a tiny fish in an ocean. The players in the club worked hard and competed fervently to squeeze out every single point possible. I was at the receiving end and hated it.
Sports is a great teacher, and I was lucky enough to have this discipline in our family. My father played cricket until very long, as did many of my uncles. My father would compare sports to a real life, an arena that prepares you hard. It makes you humble and accept defeat and failure. If you played a sport, you would know that the real life is about not surrendering after a failure. And standing up again to give it another go.
And I was in one of the district level matches, one of the many that I had attended. There were new players that I had to play with. I was almost certain that I would face a very tough competition and may get knocked out by 2nd round or so. Since it was my participation money at stake, the only option left was to to try and with same intensity as during my practice.
It didn’t go that bad, I lost in the final. Thank goodness, that I lost. It was more disappointing than losing in the second round. And I got my money back.
I still enjoy playing table tennis today and when I get into the flow, I’m quite relentless. Thanks to my loss in final, I have kept playing in some way or the other.
Failure is a good proof of our limitations. If we give in, it would mean that we are literally limited in our virtue. Subliminally, we tend categories events as good and bad; the easy way to predispose our minds and actions. When we create these silos, we ourselves have become our greatest obstacle. We narrow down our definition of possibility. We limit our mind set. We are less open to experiments and become fixated. In doing so, you may never fail, but you will also never grow.
One of Robin Sharma’s favorite quote is Rumi’s and is beautiful…
“You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.”
Embracing new shouldn’t be a chore. Periodically, we would need to step out of our comfort zone. It may also sound mundane, but this is where the greatest potential lies. When we challenge ourselves, we expand our universe. We define new possibilities. Individuals with such growth mindset are most happy, when they are learning, creating a value for themselves. Not when they are flawless.
Do try something new today, which you would be scared of or not comfortable doing. And do it for at least 66 days. You may be surprised to find a new you.
By the way, I still have to win a final in Table tennis and have a feeling I’m getting there.
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