The difference between success and failure is extremely thin. The feeling, however, is very distinguishable. The elation of completing your goal versus how it feels to fail couldn’t be any more different.
We often face challenging tasks that demand our attention while avoiding speed bumps every step of the way. Knowing how to overcome obstacles and keep moving forward is the difference between winning and losing. Although you hear stories of success, rarely will you hear about the failures that come with them?
In the 4 Hour Work Week, Timothy Ferris poses the question. If you chase your dreams and fall flat on your face, what’s the worst-case scenario, how long will it take you to recover? The answer is probably less than you expect. Chances are you could recover completely in a few months. Is the fear of a few rough months strong enough to keep you in a mediocre situation indefinitely?
Not going after your goals is the ultimate failure. Life is short and the time we have on this planet is precious. Not having the courage to chase your dreams will eventually haunt you in the future.
Michael Jordan, the greatest shooting guard in NBA history, was cut from his high school basketball team. The best basketball player of all time was told he wasn’t good enough. Of course, it didn’t stop him as he managed to win 6 Championships with the Chicago Bulls and make his Jordan name into a brand!
So we too must expect to face adversity along the way, but with each and every step we must learn from our mistakes and build upon our weaknesses. Build the courage to keep going and use your setbacks as the stage for your comebacks.
Failure to plan is planning to fail. Before you start anything, make the proper preparations to maximize your chances for success. It’s like taking a road trip with no gas; you know where you want to go, but without the essentials, you won’t get anywhere. Sun Tzu, the great Chinese General and the author of The Art of War says that tactics without strategy are the noise before defeat. Meaning, that if you follow through with your ideas, without a plan, you are destined to fail. Take the time to layout steps for your path to success, and you double your odds. Nothing is ever guaranteed but at least give yourself a fighting chance as your move forward.
Knowing how to harness the power of positive thinking and using this as an aid in your journey can help rejuvenate your spirits. Remaining positive and overcoming the fear of failure, go hand in hand. No one has ever started a project without a positive attitude. You must first believe before you can achieve.
There will be trying times where you doubt yourself and failure seem inevitable, but having a positive mindset will help you move past these barriers.
Succeeding when you’re supposed to fail documents the trying times of several individuals who have had their backs against the wall and found ways to overcome their adversity. In this book, Rom Brafman describes tunnelers as people who have been dealt a bad hand but find the means to win. They fought, clawed, and refused to accept defeat. Although injustices and unfortunate circumstances were laid before them, it did not stop them from reaching their full potential. It is truly inspiring and shows that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it. You can either choose to stay down or to get back up.
Tackling goals are daunting tasks. They are usually big, but we often have a hard time knowing where to start. Every year, hundreds of climbers travel to the Himalayans with the goal of reaching the summit of Mt. Everest. When they arrive at the base camp, the sheer height invokes fear into their hearts but they still they find the courage to make the climb. These people are not super humans or exceptional athletes but rather ordinary citizens that have the dream to make the ascent. Their journey begins with their courage to start. Every step along the way builds upon the last, and as they travel each stride gets them closer to the top.
Every goal requires actions day in and day out. By making these big goals into mini-goals, it will keep you motivated along the way. You must take consistent and repeated action to be successful. As you accomplish these mini-goals, it will give you the confidence to keep going
In the Compound Effect, Darren Hardy describes the importance of daily action and how over time this will make your dreams into a reality. Every day you must take steps in the right direction to be successful. Whether it’s wanting to run a marathon or just getting in shape, each day you must make an effort to progress. Your actions compounded over time will make a difference between winning and losing.
Conquering your fears is easier said than done. We all have insecurities and problems we struggle with day in and day out. Knowing where to draw the line and taking control of your fears comes with time. No one is a superhero, and we all have our weaknesses. You must make the decision to succeed and that no matter what happens, you will embrace failure as a bump in the road. Take these lessons and learn from them, you are the driver and success is your destination. Now is the time to suit up and put this vehicle into gear.