“The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t like to do.”
- Thomas Edison
Remove FAIL From Your Vocabulary
Do you ever wonder why some people succeed at almost every challenge they take on, while others never seem to be able to get out of the starting blocks?
There are four major reasons why people FAIL - and they very neatly spell out the word itself.
• The F in FAIL stands for lacking Focus.
Your chances of success are magnified exponentially if you have the ability to focus.
It’s like watching a movie on TV. If you give it your undivided attention, you’ll be able to follow the plot, understand the characters, and ultimately enjoy the film. If, on the other hand, you keep jumping up to talk to your pals on the phone, cook a meal, or clean the room, you’re likely to miss some important things that are happening on screen. And it is highly likely that once you’ve lost track of what’s going on, you’ll reach for the remote and watch something else instead.
It’s not that the film wasn’t good. It might have been a real blockbuster. But if you don’t focus, one of two things - or both - will happen. You’ll lose the plot and/or you’ll simply lose interest.
• The A in FAIL stands for not taking Action.
You may have dreams of success, but unless you take action it is unlikely that anything will ever come of those dreams.
• The I in FAIL stands for not seeking out Ideas.
Without ideas, you’re at a creative standstill. This is particularly true when it comes to making Practice fun.
But remember the A in FAIL. Because even with the best ideas, nothing happens if you don’t act on them.
• Finally, we come to the L in FAIL - which stands for not having Longevity.
You need to be willing to pursue your good ideas over the long term, and not just give up when you hit the first hurdle. This is true whether your goal is to earn a Black Belt, get fit, or make any other meaningful changes in your life. If you don’t have staying power, your dreams are likely to fall by the wayside before they come to fruition.
So whenever you feel like failure is staring you in the face, think of the word FAIL itself, and remember what each of those four letters represents: lacking Focus, not taking Action, not seeking out great Ideas, and not having Longevity.
Here’s to completely eliminating FAIL from your vocabulary so you can succeed at almost anything you set your mind to.
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