As we bring 2018 to a close, I look back on my 2018 year to evaluate what I have accomplished and what I need to improve upon. Are you a goal-setter? Have you mapped out your goals and how to achieve those goals? There will be times where you succeed and more times you fail, but what have you learned from your success AND your failures?
As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” His teachers told him growing up he was too stupid to learn anything, but did he let that stop him from being a great inventor? Walt Disney’s editors told him he ‘lacked imagination and had no good ideas.’
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” ~ Confucius ~
Business Insider published an article July 9, 2015, written Rachel Sugar, Richard Feloni and Ashley Lutz that said “Some of the world’s most successful people have failed – sometimes more than once.” They write that ‘Oprah Winfrey was publicly fired from her first television job as an anchor in Baltimore for getting “too emotionally invested in her stories.” Do you know what she is worth today, $3 billion according to Forbes Magazine.
Oprah Winfrey was publicly fired from her first television job as an anchor in Baltimore for getting “too emotionally invested in her stories.”
“Failing is one of the greatest arts in the world. One fails toward success.” ~ Charles Kettering ~
“Failure provides the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.” ~ Henry Ford ~
“The fastest way to succeed is to double your failure rate.” ~ Thomas Watson Sr. ~
Many great people failed before they reached their success and many people let their failures stop them from their goals. What we all need to realize is that our “failures, as we see them” are only stepping stones to our success. Can we all look at our failures as stepping stones? Many of us beat ourselves up from them and let it effect our self-esteem. I know it has taken me all of my life to teach myself to use may failures to my advantage. I have let my failures tell me that “I’m not smart or good enough to succeed,” or “I’m not qualified enough to accomplish this.”
“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes-then learn how to do it later.” ~Richard Branson ~
Have you ever taken a leap of faith, in yourself, and said yes to something you had no idea what you were doing? That scares me just thinking about it, but what if you actually did it? If you fail will that make you feel less about yourself, or will you learn from it and try again with the intention of success?
Jim Rohn developed his library to “be successful.” He admitted that he had not read some of the books in his library, at the time, but his goal was to read every day. Fill your library for YOUR success. Never stop learning new and better ways to reach your goal, then build on your goal. This will be a daily thing. You will always find new and better ways to make your goals better. With our society today, there are always updates and newer and better ways to do something. Be that person to improve on your goals. You learn from your failures and you MUST learn from your successes.
Do you plan to make new resolutions for 2019? Do you have a mapped out path to reach your goals? Do not be afraid to learn from others mistakes and failures. Always remain humble and know there are ALWAYS new and better ways to do anything. Do you want to lose weight? That always seems to be the new years resolution for most people, but come February 1st, they have given up on their new years resolution. Find your “WHY” for your goals. Do you want to lose weight to quit taking the high blood pressure pill? Do you want to start eating healthy because you have high cholesterol, or even better yet – a diabetic.
Simon Sinek wrote a great book, “Start With WHY.” Such a great book to begin your new year with and WHY you want to accomplish your goals. Do you know WHY you want to achieve your goals? Get the book and read it, then write down your goals you want to achieve for 2019. Know your WHY with each goal. Realize you WILL fail with some of your goals, but will that stop you? It didn’t stop Thomas Edison or Oprah Winfrey. No not look at your failures as “FAILURES,” look at them as “STEPPING STONES TO SUCCESS.”
Tell me ONE of your goals for 2019 and WHY you are passionate about that goal. I have worked in the medical field for approximately 20 years. I am a critical care paramedic currently working for a company who services major orthopedic practices and I am a care provider who works in triage. You are having problems with pain or your surgery site, I take care of that. I have been out of the field for over six years. Recently, I have had the opportunity to get back into the field, this time on the helicopter. My self esteem is down some because I have been out of the field for awhile and my skills are rusty, so my first goal is to get to the weight I need to be so I can fly on the helicopter. There are weight and balances when you fly on a helicopter or fixed wing in the medical field and if you are over that weight limit, you don’t fly. So, that’s my first goal. My WHY is I love making a difference in peoples lives. I love to help and make things better. It does not always work out that way, but most times just holding their hand and reassuring them they are not alone and you will do everything you can to make them better makes all the difference.
So, what is your goal and why is that your goal? What is the first thing you will do to make it happen? Let me know…