Mindset Monday: Have you ever felt like a failure?

Have you ever tried something and then completely bombed the thing that you tried?

How did that make you feel? Did you feel like a failure?

Or…

Did you say, “Yo, whatever! That’s the way things go sometimes! What can I do differently so I get better results?”

Most people fall into the first mindset and end up in the metaphorical ditch only to lie in wait for something or someone to put them out of their misery.

But, you can’t wait on anyone or anything else. You’ve got to take the initiative to pick yourself back up and plop yourself back onto your feet so that you can make the necessary adjustments for trying again!

So, check out these La Crosse (Please tell me that’s the right sport! Ya’ll know I’m not a sporty chick!) players. They didn’t get to where they’re at by wishing and hoping and waiting.

And, they MOST definitely did NOT give up! They didn’t let anyone tell them they weren’t good enough or didn’t deserve the success. They didn’t let anyone tell them they couldn’t do it or wouldn’t do it or shouldn’t do it. They went forward anyway. They took action; they practiced and practiced and practiced. They kept trying new plays and new ideas until they learned what they needed to learn and persevered to ultimately win!

This is how life works. We have to keep trying. Every day. Each day is a chance to try again, start over, or just completely scrap the previous plan and try something new.

Or, you can choose to lie in the ditch until someone else picks you up and repeat the same thing over again even though it hasn’t produced the results that you’re after.

The thing is–the CHOICE is YOURS!

Yes! You heard me right!

It’s a CHOICE you make and it’s one YOU make on a daily basis.

So what are you going to do?

One thing you can do is stop looking at failure as the end all! It’s not an end.

Failure is the beginning of doing the thing that will work for you the right way. That takes trial and error. Some times more errors than other times.

But, how do you know if you don’t keep adjusting and trying? You will get there! You just have to keep trying. That 10,001 way was Edison’s “light bulb” so use that attitude to go out and make your own light shine!

Wishing you a kick-ass life,

Alicia Bates