Cutting the F Word Out of Your Vocabulary
Everyone has goals and aspirations. Whether you’re aiming to become the next Bill Gates or you simply want a ten percent wage hike, you’re striving for something.
If you’re serious about your goals, big or small, there’s a word you need to cut out of your vocabulary. Failure.
That doesn’t mean you automatically expect to hit the ball out of the park every time you come up to bat. It doesn’t automatically mean you hit the ball at all. It means you don’t consider the strikes and the outs as failures. You take them for what they are, missed attempts, learning opportunities on the way to a hit.
There is a huge difference between not succeeding and failing. A non-success implies a continuation toward success. A failure feels and sounds much more final. Like a dead stop. It’s much harder to start again from a full stop than to continue from a slow down. The key to getting where you want to go is to keep moving. To try something different, to knock on another door, to keep believing in yourself and what you’re trying to accomplish.
We’ve all heard what Thomas Edison said. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
If you don’t acknowledge failure as a possibility you will be persistent with your efforts. You’ll try as many times, in as many ways as you can to get yourself closer to your goals. You may not get exactly where you intended to go, but you will certainly get somewhere!