Learning to fall (and get back up again)

Falling down is a natural part of life, and being a Ninja. Whether it's a physical stumble or a setback in our personal or professional lives, we will all experience moments of failure. However, it's not the fall that defines us, but rather how we choose to get back up again.

In fact, falling down and getting back up again is an important aspect of personal growth and development. It teaches us valuable lessons, such as resilience, perseverance, and the power of determination. When we fall, we are forced to confront our limitations and weaknesses, and this can serve as a powerful motivator to improve and become a better version of ourselves.
One of the most important things to remember when we fall is that failure is not final. It's easy to become discouraged and give up, but true success comes from the ability to pick ourselves up and keep going. This means learning from our mistakes, adjusting our approach, and moving forward with renewed determination.

Falling down also teaches us the value of humility. No one is immune to failure, and it's important to remember that even the most successful people have experienced setbacks and failures. In fact, some of the most successful people in history attribute their success to the lessons they learned from their failures. By accepting our own fallibility, we can learn to be more compassionate and understanding towards others, and this can help us build stronger and more meaningful relationships.

Another important aspect of falling and getting up again is the ability to adapt and evolve. Life is constantly changing, and we must learn to adapt and evolve along with it. When we fail, we are forced to look at things from a different perspective, and this can help us see new opportunities and possibilities. By embracing change and being open to new experiences, we can learn to be more flexible and better equipped to handle whatever life throws our way.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Winston Churchill

We dedicate an entire weekly theme to falling and landing in our Ninja classes at Skylark. Placing a huge emphasis on the idea that it's better to break your arm than it is to break your head, in line with modern research which increasingly shows the dangers of head trauma, particularly in young people with developing brains. Children in our Ninja programs, from age 5 through to 18, are all taught the importance of self preservation and overall safety.

Falling down is an inevitable part of life, but it's not the fall that defines us, it's how we choose to get back up again. The ability to fall and get back up again teaches us valuable lessons such as resilience, perseverance, determination, humility, and the ability to adapt and evolve. We teach our Ninjas to not be afraid of failure, but rather see it as a valuable opportunity for growth and self-improvement. Instilling that every time you fall and get back up, you become stronger, more resilient and more capable of handling whatever obstacles come your way. 

Written by

Mel Van Nes

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