Questions to Ask Yourself:
1. What is one positive experience I had when giving someone else a second chance?
2. What is a positive experience I had when I gave myself a second chance?
3. How does believing in second chances make me feel more hopeful?
4. Why is it important for me to persevere?
Reaching what we hold as success requires persistence. We have to learn to give second chances, to others, and to ourselves.
Second chances give us another opportunity to apply what we have learned from our past experiences. In a sense, it is like doubling our education and training.
Coming back for a second time also teaches us to be patient. Most worthwhile pursuits demand significant planning and sustained effort to attain them.
When we can acknowledge how valuable second chances have been in our own lives, we can soften our hearts and become more willing to extend the same opportunity to others.
We want other people to know that we believe in them as well.
As parents, we have to keep in mind that our children often require time to learn their schoolwork and master household chores. We can persevere, and keep continue working through a geometry problem until it finally makes sense to everyone. If the laundry turns out pink, we put those sheets aside for Valentine’s Day and start over with a new load, and new awareness and knowledge.
We appreciate it when our friends give us second chances. We live with gratitude for the love they bear us and the support they give us without expecting us to be perfect. Because, we are not. But, what we appreciate in each other is that we are making an effort, not the attainment of perfection. Read: “Choosing Achievement Over Perfection.”
At work, I can ask colleagues to review projects with me to understand our strengths and weaknesses. And, I know that it is not taken as a sign of weakness for any of us to ask for assistance. Read:”Asking for help: It’s a good thing,” and “Affirmation: Leaving Our Comfort Zone to Ask For Help.”
We should be looking for ways to help everyone keep getting better each time we work together.
“Without failing at one thing, there won’t be an opportunity to try again, learn and grow. Life isn’t static but dynamic. Learn to embrace whatever situation you may face and strive to overcome. Believe in yourself, knowing your best is yet to come.” ~ Kemi Sogunle
Congratulate yourself for making a sincere effort.
Keep encouraging yourself to try, and try again.