Too many of us are afraid that if we try something new or different, we will fail. But some of the most successful people failed their way to their success. Take this example from American history: In the wake of a very American holiday weekend dedicated to rewarding us all for our hard work, I am reminded of a lesson that can be gleaned from the life of one of our most celebrated Presidents that failure is always temporary, unless you choose to make it permanent.
For 28 years, Abraham Lincoln experienced one failure after another. In 1833, he had a nervous breakdown. When he ran for speaker of the state legislature in 1838, he was defeated. In 1848, he lost renomination to Congress. In 1849, his bid to be appointed Land Officer was rejected.
But these failures didn’t stop Lincoln. In 1854, he was defeated for the Senate. Two years later, he lost the nomination for Vice President, and two years after that, he was again defeated for the Senate. Then, in 1860, he was elected President of the United States.
Just as courage isn’t the absence of fear, “SUCCESS” isn’t the absence of failure. Failure is the way we learn along the road. Success comes from refusing to quit the journey. If you reach for a very high branch, you may fall hard on more than one or two occasions. But if you keep trying, you’ll have the chance to climb higher than those who allow their fears to halt them.
Like any good coach or trainer, as you’re building your strength to the max, I can give you a boost if you contact me. Then, even if your legs get bruised or your arms get sore, you can keep your head up, and keep REACHING…