It is now several weeks into the new year. If you are like a lot of Americans, you took stock of your life at the end of 2014 and decided you wanted more of something (money, free time, satisfaction, exercise security, etc.) or less of something (weight, responsibilities, stuff). You made a list of New Years Resolutions and vowed to make 2015 different from years past. Are you still on track to achieve your goals and realize your dreams?
If not, have you let fear stop you? Many Americans are familiar with the number of times Abe Lincoln failed in his life. He failed in business and also lost many early elections. However, Lincoln didn’t let the fear of failure stop him. He was resilient.
Here is an exercise that can help. On a blank sheet of paper or a new document in your computer, write (or enter) the answer to the following questions: What would I do if I knew I could not fail? What is holding me back? (In other words, what do I fear?) What is one action I can take today to conquer this fear? Now, take the action.
Here’s one more suggestion. On a 3×5 index card, list three things that, if you achieved this year, would make a big difference in your life. Post this list in a prominent place where you will look at it each morning. Read the list out loud every morning. Take a step each day that will move your closer to realizing your dream. To borrow the saying from Nike Sports – Just Do It!
Babe Ruth spent his childhood years in an orphanage and then struck out 1,330 times on his way to 714 home runs and baseball immortality.
In 1954, Elvis Presley was fired from the Grand Ole Opry after only one performance and told by the manager, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. Better get y’all job back drivin’ a truck.”
Oprah Winfrey didn’t let getting fired from her television reporter’s job and being told, “You’re not fit for TV,” keep her from becoming one of the most beloved and successful women in television.
In 1933, Walter Cronkite failed an early audition in local radio and was told by the radio station manager that he would never make it as a radio announcer. He went on to become one of America’s most recognizable and trusted voices.
Being unable to hear or speak didn’t shut down Helen Keller’s world. It opened her up to a life more full than most able-bodied people might experience in a lifetime.
All these people have one thing in common. They refused to let hardships stop them on the road to victory. They learned that every triumphant discovery resulted from many unsuccessful experiments. Every home run has been tempered by a multitude of missed swings; every great script was built on the back of endless rewrites; every top performer has been humiliated by more than one performance; many a scrumptious recipe found its way to the dinner table through burnt and bruised trials; failure is part of the process that breeds success.
Sir Edmund Hillary wanted to climb Mount Everest and after three failed attempts finally succeeded. People said, “You’ve conquered the mountain”. Hillary said, “No, I’ve conquered myself.”