Trials & Antifragility


I’ve recently started reading a brilliant book and while asking my heart what to share with you this week, I knew the most profound thing I could do was share a few excerpts from it's text. I hope you enjoy. 

"No matter where you are on the pathway of your life, please don’t let the pain of an imperfect past hinder the glory of your fabulous future. You are so much more powerful than you may currently understand. Splendid victories - and out right blessings - are coming your way. And you’re exactly where you need to be to receive the growth necessary for you to lead the unusually productive, extremely prodigious and exceptionally influential life that you’ve earned through the harshest trials.
Nothing is wrong at this moment, even if it feels like everything’s falling apart. If you sense your life’s a mess right now, this is simply because your fears are just a little stronger than your faith. With practice, you can turn down the volume of the voice of your scared self. And increase the tone of your most triumphant side.
The truth is that every challenging event you’ve experienced, each toxic person you’ve encountered and all the trials you’ve endured have been the perfect preparation to be the person you now are. You needed these lessons to activate treasures, talents and powers that are now awakening within you. Nothing was an accident. Zero was a waste. You’re definitely exactly where you need to be to begin the life of your most supreme desires. One that can make you an empire-builder along with a world-changer. And perhaps even a history-maker." 

In the book, someone retorts, that the speaker makes this sound a lot easier than it is. The speaker responds:


“Hard is good. Real greatness and the realization of your genius is meant to be a difficult sport. Only those devoted enough to go to the fiery edges of their highest limits will expand them. And the suffering that happens along the journey of materializing your special powers, strongest abilities and most inspiring ambitions is one of the largest sources of human satisfaction. A major key to happiness - internal peace -  is knowing you’ve done what it took to earn your rewards and passionately invested the effortful audacity to become your best."

Quotes excerpted from The 5 am Club by Robin Sharma

I believe deeply in the relentless pursuit of self growth and mindset mastery.

I want to know that I’ve done what it took to become my best, no matter the circumstances. 

And even when that circumstance is a global pandemic that has radically altered the way we live, I STILL - actually more than ever - want to be someone who says YES, this is exactly what I needed to grow into what I must become. This is exactly the fertile ground upon which I will cultivate what is necessary to evolve into what I am meant to. 


Not because we wish for the hardship the world is enduring but because the irrefutable fact is that this is happening. So the only option becomes, now how will we respond?


I feel fuelled and motivated when I think this way. I become creative and adaptive when I honour the unique ground on which I stand. And knowing what I know now, about the necessity of challenge and learning to manage the 50% of life that is that way, I don't want to squirm my way out of discomfort. I'd rather embrace it for the refining fire it is.


Nassim Taleb calls this trait Antifragility: Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better."


Let us be antifragile this week, as we continue to navigate this new world.

Remember you are exactly where you are supposed to be to become who you must. These lessons are activating treasures, talents and powers within you. See these lessons for the hard-fought treasures that they are and be someone who becomes better because of adversity. 

CARLI BAUM

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