Life is full of challenges. Do you look at them as challenges or ‘problems’?
They say you can’t win them all…which is probably true. How do you respond when you don’t meet the challenge? Do you focus and remember the times where you “fell down” or the times where you’ve gotten back up and went on?
It’s easy to go through life and do the ‘easy’ stuff. When you “put yourself out there” and strive for something beyond yourself, that’s a challenge. You may fall short, but you’ll be surprised at how alive you will feel in trying!
Instead of having the perspective that you’ve failed, when you fall short, how about turning this thinking around? Adopt the thought that “I didn’t fail, this was one isolated situation that was just a non-success” – a hiccup in the road, if you will, to achieving your ultimate goal and meeting the challenge.
In fact, I think even writing this just made me change my mindset about non-success. Rather than call it failure, it’s just a non-success. A non event that was a stepping stone onto the end goal. Like riding a bike – you probably didn’t stay upright on the first try after the training wheels were removed.
Did you put the training wheels back on?
Quit trying altogether, or keep trying?
One of the worst things to do is listen to those who tell you:
- “you’re not cut out for this”,
- “try something else” or
- “why don’t you just give up?”.
Worse yet is if YOU are telling yourself these things. You see, we have a tendency to manifest our own thoughts and become what we think. We gravitate towards our most dominant thoughts.
In the spirit of a challenge, I challenge you to redefine failure as a non-success, and realize that everything is an opportunity. Don’t worry, you’ll fall down sometimes – just get back up. Can you imagine what history would be like if these people accepted “Failure”? They would have never developed into their greatness. Non-success can fuel your greatness, but ‘failure’ can cripple you! Which will it be for you?