Episode #165 Try It Again

We will never learn to ride a bike if we give up the first time we fall. This week, author and speaker Barb Roose joins Dr. Michael Brown for a conversation about mistakes, perseverance, and giving ourselves the grace to start over.

Show Notes

Every time you and I wake up in the morning, we are getting on some kind of bike. And no one knows when the falls are gonna happen. But we are gonna fall off.
Barb Roose

Three Problems

  • We struggle to try again because of perfectionism, idealism, and exhaustion.
  • We often treat our falls as final and our failures as fatal.
  • We are all human, so we all make mistakes.

Three Principles

  • We don’t need to put a spin on our struggles, but we can be honest with ourselves and others that life is hard.
  • Although a good friend cannot undo our mistakes, they can walk alongside us as we try to do better next time.
  • We don’t have to commit to trying again forever but only for today.

Three Practices

  • Reframe each challenge as win-learn rather than win-lose.
  • Surround yourself with people who can empathize with your pain while simultaneously encouraging you not to give up.
  • Become comfortable with the uncomfortable phrase, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”