Falling Behind

Mar 04, 2021

 

A number of participants in our recent Triumphant Heart course on the Bhagavad Gita have confessed that they’ve fallen behind in our coursework (which isn’t a big deal, since students have full access to the course for one year.)
 
It's worth taking a closer look at the dreaded “falling behind.”
   
Here we are at the beginning of March (already!) It's just about that time when we might feel like we're lagging on projects we've started, plans we've made, or intentions we've set for ourselves.

I, myself, am already behind on an online program I’ve recently joined and on a number of other goals I have for this year. 

I know the sheepish kind of energy that can come with confessing one has fallen behind.
 
I invite you to shift this disempowering dynamic, right here, right now.
 
For one thing, falling behind not only might happen, it's likely to happen. 

Pivoting to meet the unexpected demands of the moment is a skill worth celebrating in my book. It doesn't mean we need to relinquish our commitment to worthy goals or projects. 

Even more importantly, I don’t see falling behind as a “problem,” except when it leads to falling back into self-sabotaging and self-defeating patterns.
 
So, let’s be clear, falling behind does not have to mean:
 

  • Feeling less than, guilty, embarrassed, overwhelmed, or incapable
  • Proving once again that we just aren’t quite up to the task
  • Giving up


Instead, how about:
 

  • Letting it be okay?
  • Forgiving yourself?
  • Making a plan that feels attainable and sane?


At the end of the day, giving ourselves a break - and an open invitation to keep going - is perhaps the most impactful decision we can make.

 

 

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