Soar To New Heights By Being Okay With Rock Bottom

Written by Gilberto Rosas on January 29, 2016

2 min  read

If you havent visited the bottom then it is highly unlikely that you will ever make it to the very top

— Gene Lendrum

If you live in or near a city, you might have noticed how high the buildings pierce into the sky. The reason being that it has been built on a strong foundation. By that same fact, the tallest buildings have the deepest foundations.

A building cannot reach unbelievable heights if it doesn’t have a strong foundation similar to how a person cannot be successful without having faced adversity time and time again. 

This foundation is only set every time you have hit rock bottom and rise to face the next challenge.

Admittedly, one of my biggest fears is going back to square one.

Imagine this..

You work day in and day out to reach a certain goal and after putting your blood, sweat and tears into something, you finally reach it only to have lost all of it. Tragic, isn’t it? I used to constantly have this fear of losing it all. It sounds pretty crazy but now I know that if I somehow went back to square one, I would be fine. Why? Because I’ve been there before and I know how to move forward.

Be okay with ground zero
Embrace it

You already know what its like to not be consistent. You already know what it’s like to not do what you said you’re going to do and not have what you want. Why not try something new and see how that turns out.

One must have chaos to give birth to a dancing star

— Frederich Nietzche

NEW PARADIGM: The more you’re in ground zero, the more you will appreciate the success that is to come.

Look at it this way, if all you ever experienced was “good” things happening to you, how would you know that it’s good? The way we discern the good and the bad in the world is through comparing and contrasting our experiences.

You only know that it’s bright outside because you have experienced the darkness at midnight.

The only way you know that a lemon is sour is by having tasted the sweetness of a strawberry.

You only know that a person is cruel by virtue of having experienced the kindness of a stranger.

View your pitfalls as something beneficial because it will give you something to compare your successes once you have achieved a certain level of success.

You will appreciate a dollar earned much more deeply than someone born into riches because you know you deserve every penny and you know how hard you had to work to earn it and so you will appreciate every moment with what you have.

It is only when you’re okay with hitting rock bottom that you can reach new heights because you are driven by something other than fear.

If you attempt to reach a new level of experience with fear and anxiety driving your every move, you will more than likely fail.

What I’ve noticed is that the higher your success is, the more difficult the challenge has to be.

You must let go of all thoughts that don’t serve you and shut off your mind. Let go of resistance.

Only when you fully trust your faculties will you see incredible progress.

Of course, if you haven’t put in the necessary hours of practice, then there will be no muscle memory to rely on.  You have to practice something so much that you become what is called unconsciously competent where the skill becomes second nature and you do it as effortlessly as tying your shoelaces.

Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

— J.K Rowling

To sum it all up:

  • Embrace rock bottom and realize that now you have nowhere to go but up!
  • Rock bottom is the foundation requited to reach new heights. The higher success you wish to have, the deeper challenges you will have and the sooner you accept that, the better off you will be
  • Be prepared and and when the time comes, let go and avoid resistance

Now, I will leave you with these powerful words for you to ponder as you go about your day:

Your breakdown is really a breakthrough in disguise.


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