Why Reaching Rock Bottom Isn't Ever That Bad

BY Cheng Ma

Has life been tough lately? Are you experiencing a rough patch? 

Perhaps you did not score as well in an assessment, are experiencing relationship problems, encountered difficulties with your job or are simply feeling lost. 

Take a deep breath and remember that this too shall pass.  

"When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us." – Alexander Graham Bell 

In the wise words of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, use this experience to look forward and see what you have learnt from this encounter and how you can apply the lessons you have learnt to the future for bettering yourself.  

Perhaps, and I know it will be hard to remove yourself from the current pain you feel, there are other opportunities and doors awaiting you that are more suitable for you to develop yourself into more of who you truly and authentically are.  

Failure is life’s greatest teacher and for good reason in that it holds long-term benefits that far outweigh the short-term pain you feel.  

It will help to: 

Develop a Fearless Mindset 

By experiencing failure and hearing ‘no’, you slowly become accustomed to rejection and become unafraid of trying more things and that’s when the magic starts to happen. When you start asking ‘what if?’ and questioning the norms, that will take you to a place of innovation and a whole new world. You’ll soon realise that the worst thing that can happen to you is ‘no’ and that is not as scary as it once was.  

Failure is simply life redirecting you to where you are meant to be, its actually the fear of failure that will keep you from true success.  

“The quickest road to success is to possess an attitude of ‘no fear’.” – Ralph Heath

Help You Reach Your Full Potential 

“One of the biggest secrets to success is operating inside your strength zone but outside of your comfort zone” – Ralph Heath 

People crave comfort, people crave the familiar, very few people would willingly place themselves in uncomfortable situations. 

As a result, they may not reach their full potential to the point where it becomes challenging enough to start developing themselves as individuals, unless they are forced outside of their comfort zone.  

In essence, see this challenging period as the season to develop yourself to your full potential. 

“Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case you fail by default” – J.K. Rowling