“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, I am changing myself.” – Rumi 13th century poet
This topic was requested by a few of you loyal readers who always find inspiration in my articles. I thank you for those kind words. You have now inspired me and taught me a very valuable lesson, which I will share in the article. Take your dreams and connect them to reality and make your dreams come true. It’s easy to place immediate focus on your next goal in order to meet your next bonus or commission for the quarter. We forget to take a step back and reflect on what has been reached. We should also not forget to celebrate our near achievements. Punishing failures, or near wins, you will only pilot yourself to a life of mediocrity. Whether we forget to celebrate our near wins or we punish ourselves for these close victories, we miss the vital opportunity to inspire ourselves or others. Acknowledging these near achievements will build energy moving forward and force you to concentrate harder next shot. Positivity is founded on this recipe. Why not give yourself a boost by reminding yourself how close you were to achieving your goal? Achieving is the purpose but failure is how you will arrive there.
Failure is a requirement, not a possibility. It is not something to avoid. To make this personal I will explain a situation where it took me a failure first before I could reach my goal. In my previous organization I had the great pleasure of building fantastic relationships with some of the brightest physicians throughout the state of Arkansas as a medical device sales representative. As I narrowed my focus on OBGYN physicians, I set the goal of signing on one of the biggest OBGYN facilities in Northeast Arkansas. The first lunch I had with the clinic I was on point with every question, and had a lot of confidence that I was going to sign up this account during the first visit. As I pulled out my lovely iPad to get the “paperwork” going to close the sale, the head physician decides he wants to hold off and is very firm in his decision. My confidence plummeted. When I got to my car I started playing the film over in my head and I could not figure out where I went wrong. I asked for the sale. I developed a great relationship with the staff during lunch. Was it me? After sitting in the car for a while, I decided to walk back in the clinic and book a follow up lunch. During the second lunch, the same thing happened. Was this doctor afraid of commitment? So I asked him straight-up: “If you could save one babies life by urine drug testing your pregnant patients and making sure a clean, healthy pregnancy was in order, would you?” His obvious answer was yes, of course. This answer got his staff involved in the discussion and by the time we finished our amazing Panera Bread lunch, I had the clinic signed up and ready to implement the drug screening. I had the determination to achieve my goal would not be stopped…call it THE WOLVERINE INSIDE ME…how pleasurable are the uses of adversity. Everything is doable if you desire it bad enough.
Achievements and failures are not opposites. They are equivalent. You are just going to get better. There’s no alternative. Stay positive in the face of negativity. Reward yourself for near victories and motivate others. Inspire to do better. It’s what you do when you nearly achieve your goal that matters the most. Failure teaches. Learn from it. Where your focus goes, your energy is tagging along. As CuriousHumans we are most ambitious not when we achieve it all, but when we have more to achieve. You have the capacity to do anything it is that you want to do; YOU choose. We undervalue countless qualities in life that are gravely important. Wake up in the morning and think differently. Everyday begins with the unknown. Benjamin Franklin summed it up best for us, “If you do tomorrow what you did today, you will get tomorrow what you got today.” What do you consider an accomplished life?
As you share more information you expose yourself to more opportunities. The only way to be viewed as an expert is to share your expertise first. Every brain has a story. What’s yours? Do something different that everyone else does the same. Find your clear way forward. Believe in yourself first and foremost. No one will believe in you if you can’t believe in yourself. We all learn by mistakes. Sometimes when you lose, you win in the long-run. Just keep pushing. Write down your mistakes so they will never be forgotten. Trying harder to achieve makes you feel better. Reach for the impossible and strive for greatness. Finally, I leave you with this thought: Never underestimate the power to change yourself…remind yourself in the end to smile and laugh…work hard to make a difference and find out all you can in life. Stay Curious!