I find myself between a rock and a hard spot. If I succeed, I have to keep going. If I don’t succeed, I either have to try again or I have to convince myself to quit trying. However, once I quit trying, I can never achieve success – or failure. Yep, that’s right. Failure is something we achieve, not something that just happens. Failure simply means that something isn’t working, prompting us try something new. Please let me explain.
I am so good at building my own self-limiting roadblocks that I really don’t need anyone’s help in doing so. I have become quite an expert at it. Self-taught, I might add. I didn’t have to read books or attend classes. And I never had to take any tests to see how good I was at it.
If you think of a ladder, the top rung being success and the bottom rung being lack of trying, then failure is a rung somewhere in between. It’s all a process. First, make sure you have the right ladder, which, once leaning upon the right building, will get you where you want to go. That takes planning.Benjamin Franklinsaid “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, put a similar spin on it: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
So, all these smart people are telling me all sorts of smart things. Why does it fall on deaf ears?
Let’s get started. As Tony Dorsett once said, “To succeed… You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” Mark Twain said it so nicely: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
First off, you have to be the greatest salesperson. Why? Because you have to sell yourself on the idea that you deserve success if you are willing to plan and implement with diligence and consistency. Like it or not, each and every one of us is in sales, each and every day of our lives. We all have a story to tell and how we tell it makes or breaks the opportunity that presents itself.
Don’t over-analyze and over-think a situation. Listen to what your gut tells you. Your gut feeling is there for a reason. In an online inc.com article, Why Trusting Your ‘Gut Feeling’ Is Often the Best Strategy, GeilBrowning , PhD, Founder and CEO of Emergenetics International, based right here in Denver, Colorado, tells us that “There is no such thing as a purely rational decision. The brain uses a combination of logic and emotion when making decisions of any kind.” According to Dr. Browning, the more we experience the more accurate our gut becomes.
Until we collect that experience, oftentimes our inner voice will tell usmyriad things to stop us from taking action. Debbi Fields, Founder of Mrs. Fields (cookies), firmly believes that the important thing is not being afraid to take a chance and that the greatest failure is to not try. She goes on to say that once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it. It’s never too late – not now, not ever – for you to pursue your passion.
John Wayne once said that “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” But he also cautioned us that “Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.” General Motors founder William Durant advises us to “Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”
The “Wizard of Westwood,” former UCLA Bruins men’s basketball coach John Wooden, counsels us that “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” And, finally, former Chrysler Motors executive Lee Iacocca encourages us to keep on, keepin’ on – “You’ve got to say, ‘I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough, I can have it.’ It’s called perseverance.”
So let’s get ahead, and get started Taking Every Action for Success. As you progress you have company. ME! I’m only an email away. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org, share your experience.
First step, get a journal of any kind, write all that you would like to accomplish. Write down your wish list as if you had all the time in the world, all the resources in the world, all the capabilities or talents to achieve whatever you have set your heart and soul on. In my experience writing down a wish list finds you achieving more than 80% of your goals. Of course, we all have things at the top of our minds we need to get done each and every day. But if you write those down, you will find yourself achieving more of what’s on your to-do list for the day. Try it!
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