Monday, January 16, 2012

Failure is NOT an Option!

“What would you do if you knew you could not fail?"
Robert H. Schuller

I was recently poking around a gift shop and saw this wonderful Schuller quote on a plaque. It made me stop, smile, think a moment, and then make a note of it because I immediately began writing an article in my head. This happens to me all of the time these days. The more I write, the more my head is busy tapping out strands of thought. This sensation did not happen until I started writing on a regular basis a few years ago. So what turned on this new writing phenomenon? Me!

I began to write in response to what I was feeling when my health began to take a nosedive. I realized I could not, would not fail if I wrote about what I knew and what I was learning about life and the circumstances that seem to get thrown at me along the way. Since I began writing, I think I am a happier person. I seem to be filling a need I wasn’t aware of. So when I saw this little Shuller plaque, yes I smiled because it was a knowing smile.

What’s stopping you?

Do you feel as if you are on idle or stagnating? Perhaps answering this question would help you move on with your life.

Are you afraid of failure, or are you actually afraid of succeeding? If you succeeded, just what would that mean? Are you afraid of leaving what you know is comfortable and safe?

“What would you do if you knew you could not fail?"
When you first pose this question, don’t expect an answer to come immediately⎯just keep asking. If an answer does come immediately⎯get moving!

 “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?"
Once you ask this question, it doesn’t mean you can’t change course, start over, or continue to ask the question again and again. It's not like you are only allowed to ask this question once in a lifetime. There are no life-question police roaming around.

“What would you do if you knew you could not fail?"
I feel this question is ultimately very powerful. It should become one of those life questions we roll over in our minds from time to time. Failure in NOT an option here! So start filling a need you may not be aware of and turn on a new phenomenon for YOU! In a year full of intentionwhat’s stopping YOU? Consider starting small and with the momentum you gain, keep going, and remember...

"Shoot for the moon,
even if you miss you’ll land among the stars."
Les Brown

First steps photo courtesy of Eddi van W.