Failing Forward – Quit the Self Sabotage

Failing Forward

Failing Forward

Nancy Smeltzer, MFA

Did you ever feel like no matter what you did, you just kept stumbling? Self sabotage abounded, and pieces of you seemed to be falling apart. I know that has happened to me, where no matter how hard I tried, it felt like things were crumbling. One thing I’ve learned is to quit trying to do things myself and turn it over to the Divine, and let go of the fear in my unconscious mind. I must admit that sometimes, that’s a lot easier to say than do.

The title of this posting came from Rebekah Radice who was being interviewed by Denise Wakeman on a recent Google Hang Outs on Air . Both women are experts on the use of social media, especially in your business, and that was the topic in the interview. However, during the recording, the term “Failing Forward” was mentioned, and after hearing that, I’m not sure that I paid much attention to the rest of the interview. I love the juxtaposition of words and “Failing Forward” has certainly been a large part of what I’ve experienced in my life. What seems like a “failure” usually turns out to be one of those “growth lessons” that if we had listened to the Universe earlier when it was just a small suggestion, we might not have needed a “clue by four” between the eyeballs to get “whomped” and pay attention to the issue at hand that needed to be addressed.

So my take-away from that phrase was that what seems like a failure at the time, actually moves us along in life. That “failure” may be exactly what was needed to get you out of a rut and quit spinning in circles, repeating the same patterns over and over. It may not be the most graceful advance that one has ever made, but even if the experience is a total “fall flat on your face”, you’ve advanced a little bit because your face is in front of your feet.

So, looking at the illustration that I used at the top of this posting, one way to look at it is as if there’s a “rock slide of your soul” going on sometimes. While it can be scary at the time, once all of the pieces of you get to the bottom of the pile, there is probably a much wiser you waiting to be re-assembled and move forward.

When have you had your trial by fire and felt you were stumbling around? What did you do to reassemble the pieces?

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About Nancy Smeltzer

I'm passionate about long distance spiritual and alternative healing, having had a successful practice now for over ten years. My clients work with me over the phone and on Skype from all over the USA and Canada, as well as Switzerland, Russia, and Australia. I specialize in helping people heal their negative repeating patterns of behavior and remove the stuck energy in their unconscious minds. By doing that, they can quit going round and round in circles,. repeating the same mistakes, and move forward to having the life of their dreams. Besides my holistic healing practice, I've also been professionally creating art quilts and other fiber arts for over 30 years. My specialty is contemporary beaded art quilts. On my web site, I bill myself as the "Self Proclaimed Button and Bead Queen of Maryland (USA)." My recent works have images that are based on what I see when I tap into a person's energy field and are called Meditation Gardens. These visionary art pieces are the perfect place for that person to play and meditate. In my spare time, I'm a rabid, avid "dirty nails" gardener, composing scenes with plants. Sometimes, I come inside so dirty that my clothes have to go straight into the washing machine; they're too dirty for the dirty clothes hamper! -The Official Google + site for Nancy Smeltzer
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