Rebuild Those PlansWe hope this thought brings you encouragement to keep going with your plans and goals. Find words of wisdom in this short message.
Rebuild Those Plans
by Catherine Pulsifer
Byron and I started our first business full of enthusiasm and energy. The business was a seminar business with a focus on self-development. We loved the concept of helping others be more and achieve more. The business fit our backgrounds and we truly loved it.
The opportunity to run our own business, a business that helps others achieve their goals was what we once only dreamed of doing. Now that dream was a reality.
We invested heavily, both financially, our time, and energy. After a few months it become obvious we could not compete with the large seminar companies and we had to close the business. At the time if was very disappointing, especially since we both loved the business.
It was discouraging, but we learned a lot from that business. But from the failure of that business we also saw opportunities. We moved forward with revised plans to achieve our goals. Today we are well on our way to achieving our goals. We did not let the failure of one business defeat us!
We had a few family members question why we would risk our money and our time again when we already started a business and failed at it. We explained to them that many people who are successful first fail, but they don't let failure stop them. They move on with new knowledge and a better understanding.
If you read the biographies of successful people you will find that this happens many times. Their first business failed and sometimes their second business also failed, but they had a dream, they never gave up.
So, what are these principles that take failure and keep going forward?
One of these principles is a firm belief that nothing ever attempted is nothing ever gained. The interesting notion here is that one would rather fail trying than fail never trying. It simply means that to live is to risk and nothing risked will ever come.
Another principle is that it takes courage to fail but is also takes courage before success. It is a matter of attempting with passion and not with a view that one might fail.
Principle three says that one cannot always control the outcome of any venture but one can always control how one deals with failure. Part of the success formula is the way one deals with failure. If you let failure dominate your thinking, you have already lost but if you let failure teach you valuable lessons then you have already won.
Each one of these principles is the etching on the wall that is always there to guide you, to pick you up, and to propel you even further the next attempt. No one is ever assured of success but everyone is assured of not acquiring success if there is no risk. Every life has an element of risk but those who never step out of their comfort zone ever quite understand that they are also taking a risk. There are no guarantees in life and it is assured that those who do not know how to handle adversity, or risk or failure will be the first ones to suffer a devastating defeat.
Og Mandino's quote below truly summarizes our experiences:
Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss,
contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to
improve your performance the next time."
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