I had a close call in more ways than one, today. Some of those close calls were good news, and some of those close calls avoided really bad news by a minute of corrective action. My point? If we slip and not permanently fall, it is always a second chance. Getting it right comes down to understanding genuinely what does not work and doing always what genuinely does work.
The secret of that carpenter and preacher from the plains of Galilee: “As you believe, so shall you become”, he intimated. What did he mean by that. Could he have meant a life of cause, effect and getting the genuine and logical measure of your efforts and persistence however they may be? Honestly, I understand he meant that at the deepest levels when he preached that line. If life defeats us, it is genuinely because we let it, if we win, we caused that too in the sense of understanding where we failed and doing it again in the right way later.
Indeed, reality comes down to adjustment and not perfection on the first try. If we always got it right all of the time, we would have nothing to earn, do or live. Even God is intelligent enough to make it interesting for God, and existence is an obstacle course of interesting games anyhow. Earned winning always feels good, but cheated or unearned sure things mostly feel like something is missing. That is the difference that makes the difference. When I think of training and winning for what I really want, I really love the process as well as the result and it has to be that way if you really want something to mean everything to you in a good way.
I remember this older movie called “Click” about a man played by actor Adam Sandler that used a remote control to skip the “bad parts” of his life only to ultimately find that he missed his whole life. Although it seemed like a “stupid, little metaphor” of a movie, I get the message now. For things to mean anything to us, we must love the process as well as the result. I get it, and I hope you do too.
I may use the quote “We all love to win, but who love to train?” a lot coined by Mark Spitz of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. But, face it, to achieve it all, you must love the process as well as the results.
Now, I do not mean strive overtly for perfection, but I do mean perfection comes from enjoying the process as well as enjoying the end achievements from the process also, and doing what you love to do always, “warts”, challenges, and all, as well as the enjoyable points.