We all have those day right?!? When you fall flat on your face! I did yesterday ... I quite literally fell, flat on my face. I was on my way out to my car to drive to a conference I was speaking at and - BAM!! Over I went. My handbag flew off to the left, my bag with my medals to the right, and my car keys across the footpath. I lay there momentarily stunned, before picking myself up, gathering my stuff, hopping in the car and setting off. There are a few bruises, my tights had holes in them, and my shoes were scuffed ... I'm not complaining, in fact I'm glad it happened! I arrived at the conference, ummed and ahhhed about getting rid of my stockings, but after a quick chat with some friends who were there, decided to leave them on and weave my literal fall on my face into my talk.
We are all only human and in being human we are going to have days that don't go the way we want, it is what you do with the falls, the spats, the broken zips that determine whether you will get on with what you want to achieve or drop to your knees in defeat.
I started my talk by saying - "We all have those days where we fall flat on our face. I literally fell flat on my face this morning on my way to my car. But I got back up, came here, and am now here to inspire you, because you have to get up and keep on going, that is the way to success." I then scattered references to falling over and getting back up again throughout my talk, linking it to other stories, and eventually illustrating the point that whenever we fall we have no other choice but to get back up again. It worked! I took a mishap and ran with it, how can you take your mishaps and work them into your successful goal journey?
1. When you do "fall flat on your face" don't dwell too long on it, otherwise it will, quite literally eat you up! Acknowledge you "fell", shake it off, and get on with it!
2. If it is eating at you a little bit, cause we are only human, remember that you are ... only human! Accepting that you come with faults and imperfections means that you can accept faults and imperfections in other people, and BAM you come to recognise the human condition.
3. If it was a bit of an epic fall, like mine, (Bruises people, cuts and bruises!), right before an instance where you have to meet with people, speak, perform, or generally be on show, don't be embarrassed and try to hide what has happened, use it to your advantage.
4. Just because you "fall" doesn't mean you have to compare yourself to other's who haven't, comparison is the root of all evil, so don't do it, just don't!
5. And lastly, perhaps an unusually random addition to the list, but laugh. Laugh at yourself, laugh with others, laugh at the ludicrousness of the situation, because whether you physically fall or metaphorically fall in life, it is just an imperfect moment in time and most of the time it's more comforting to see the crazy side of things than be all embarrassed and caught up in shame.