Out in the depths of the blue I sit amongst my fellow surfers. As we take turns catching waves I realize… even when a surfer falls, they hop back onto their board, and immediately paddle back out, with no questions asked. No one points at the ocean and asks “why did you make me fall!?” No one throws a temper tantrum and gets out of the water because they didn’t get their way. No one curses at the wave or tries to find something else to blame. It is simply an instant acceptance of the ride or lack there of, a tug on the leash, and a paddle back out.
Surfers take full responsibility of their actions on each wave, with a deep knowing that only they have the capability of changing their performance. The surfer doesn’t ask the ocean to get better, so that the ride will be easier. On each drop in, the surfer fully commits to learning about his or her self; then applies the new insights to the next wave in same exact ocean. After all, if the surfer blamed the wave, no progress would ever be made.
What if this principle was applied in every day life? What if we stopped pointing fingers at others, stopped asking “why me?,” stopped trying to find an outside cause, and instead owned our actions? By taking full responsibility, we commit to learning about ourselves. As a result, we can understand our strengths, accept things that we need to practice, and apply change where need be. In doing so, progress and growth are inevitable.
Are you up for the opportunity?