“We all are failures – at least the best of us are.”
Good morning, friends. Thank you for the grace of yesterday; I was on the road for a day with my wife. I know some of you are struggling from a Florence hangover. My prayers are with you. Let’s get to it…
Failure. I’ll bet even the word scares you. It does at times scare me. Most of us have been conditioned to fear failure. Our childhood systems, from parents to education to religion to everything, tell us that winners are good and losers (failures) are bad. So we grow up into timid adults, praying for success while avoiding failure at all costs. But if we were lucky there was someone in our childhood or young adulthood who taught us that success is a product of learned failure, that the only way to succeed is to learn from failures and the certain way to fail is to avoid failures. Most of us didn’t get that lesson, so we slog on through adulthood satisfied with mediocrity. But at least we minimized our failures!
Yet no one wants to objectively begin a journey to failure-land. And that’s not the point. The journey to success-land is filled with risks and there we run smack dab into our fears. The question is: do we want to succeed? Recently I’ve been thinking a bit about dreams, not sleepy dreams but goal dreams. We all have them. They come in packages labeled, “I wish I could…” or “I sure would like…” or “Why can’t I…” or “Someday I’ll…” I have those packages and so do you. But I don’t know more than a person or two who opens those packages. Most of us minimize our lives to fit our circumstances rather than change our circumstances to fit our dreams. And the packages pile up.
* Open up one of your dream packages today.
* What will it take to begin moving in that direction?
* What are you willing to change about your circumstances to make a success of your dream?
If you look behind any true success story in the world you will find a trail of failures. What makes those successful people different from you and me is that they weren’t afraid of their failures or even focused on them. They were focused on success, and they learned from certain failures, and they eventually overcame them. That’s the definition of practical success. So start opening your dream packages. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Have a wonderful week, and if you are struggling, may God be with you.