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All failures are a shock to the system. When an individual makes a decision and acts on the basis of this reasoning it is with a confidence that the invested thought has established a basis for confidence. “Because I took the extra time, I should be safe,” is the basic thought pattern here.  Our movement forward, the transition from thinking to action occurs more smoothly as confidence inspires extra pace and a disposal of doubt and suspicion. What then when we find failure? How do we react when our decisions made in confidence find an opposite result? How do we reckon with failure that stems from ultimate confidence? Often these situations are the most troubling shocks to the individual.

Humans are cautious animals. Whether by instinct, experience or just plain intelligence, our actions come after a certain amount of consideration. Gifted with the ability to consider repercussions, the wise individual will pause before acting and consider the results of a future action. Herein lies a fascinating game of time shift: pause in the present to consider how the past can inform the future. Every expectation about the future stems from our experience in the past. Cause and effect rules many of our decisions and our present sensibilities act as arbiters for these two domains.

When we pause we utilize our reasoning skills to make predictions. Maybe we draw on our experiences, our instincts or on the collected knowledge we have sponged up in life. Wise words from family members, friends or maybe artists will echo in our brains as we work through the process of consideration. Plodding forward with our thinking we move towards a level of confidence, a state in which our present state of mind feels comfortable that the future is within our control. From a state of chaos we seek out a sense of predictability and move forward.

When failure happens we see a great reckoning on confusion. Culled into our brains we find a state of serious doubt: we question our ability to reason, the trough of experience from which we have drawn and perhaps even the ability for us to reason in the future. Failures that come from real thinking are harsh and require significant coping skills to remedy.

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