“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
Failure has very little to do with your real value as a person. Therefore, if you want to succeed, you will first need to let go of your notion of what failure is all about… and fully believe in your own abilities. To be successful… never accept defeat, or never allow anyone to define you by your weaknesses or struggles, because you are so much more than what those things are.
Mountains are tough…and full of obstacles. There’s no mountain in the entire world that has a natural, smooth road with a straight and easy path all the way to the top. Striving for success – just like mountain climbing – requires determination and some hard work. It involves getting around, going over, or removing many obstacles that may block your upward path.
Get use to the fact that you will encounter similar difficulties, obstacles, and resistance from people and things on your way to success. If you cannot overcome them, your ambition will be defeated. You will quit the climb, discouraged; or will be driven back, and become defeated by failure.
For sure, you will never be able to silence all of your critics. “You can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” Therefore, it’s good to know your value as an individual. Do not allow criticism to de!ne your self-worth, but rather, focus on your personal strengths and attributes. Failure can and will cause you pain, now and then, but use it to your advantage. Learn from it… stay focused on your vision and do not allow your dreams to slip away.
Many people, because of their own insecurities, will say and do things to belittle you, or to make themselves feel bigger. But, at all times, you have to be your own biggest fan! You might not be among the rich and famous… but, you are just as special.
Nobody is born with super-human-like toughness that shields them from disappointment, self-doubt or misgivings. Everyone has to wage their own inner battles with fear of failure as they work hard to overcome the external obstacles that block their path to success. The one thing that differentiates successful people from ordinary people, however, is that they do not become a victim to their failures. When they fall down, they get back up. And when people tell them it can’t be done… instead of giving up, they try even harder.
Excerpt from my eBook: “Will Power: Discover Your Inner Strength” [Pgs. 21-22]