PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS

Based on Living Compass “Practicing Courage with all your heart, soul, strength and mind”


“If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”
Will Rogers

Many of us have a hard time admitting that we are wrong or to admit that something we are doing is clearly not working. If we just put more effort into it, perhaps more time, or more money? Often more hurt is caused by denying and defending a wrongdoing than by the actual wrongdoing itself.

It’s hard to admit that what we are doing is not working, despite all the signs pointing toward the obvious. Instead of acknowledging the signs, we often invest even more time, energy, and money in them in order to prove that they were, in fact, good ideas. We tell ourselves we aren’t quitters, that we can’t give up now. It takes courage and hard-won experience, to begin heeding the advice from Will Rogers: “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”

Sometimes the courage to change directions simply means first acknowledging

that we were wrong. And when we can do that, it releases the energy it takes to defend or minimize our mistake or misjudgment and frees us up to move in a new direction.

To paraphrase Will Roger’s quote as a question, “Do you ever find yourself continuing to dig, even when you find yourself in a hole”? If so, why do you think that is? What helps you to more easily acknowledge a mistake or misjudgment, and then begin to move in a new direction?