When I was a child, I thought people over 40 years of age were very old. I believed they were done growing up and knew everything one needs to know. Wrong.
Now over 50 years old, I often say, "I'm a work in progress."
Seeing yourself as a "work in progress" fosters Healthy Survivorship by reframing problems and challenges in life-enhancing and adaptive ways. Such reframing:
- Softens the blow to your self-confidence of making mistakes. ("It's okay. I'm a work in progress!")
- Calms the frustration and confusion associated with learning new things.
- Decreases stress and disappointment associated with aiming for perfection.
- Encourages openmindedness when presented with new information and ideas.
- Nourishes hope for improvement and future happiness.
- Motivates continued growth in all spheres of life.
"I'm a work in progress" is a useful mantra when you are:
- Fixing a problem you caused and searching for a better way to do whatever led to the trouble.
- Learning how to solve a new problem or use a new technology.
- Trying to let go of old habits that are no longer -- or never were -- adaptive.
- Letting go of misconceptions.
- Testing beliefs in the setting of new situations or challenges.
As a Healthy Survivor, use the mantra "I'm a work in progress" when doing so helps you obtain sound knowledge, find and nourish hope and take effective action.