Tag: Failure

Why You Should Not Give “Less Than Your Best”

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Steve Prefontaine said, “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” When things are difficult, it is easier to just give up than to continue. It is easier to stop doing than to start doing again. It is easier to stop living than to start thinking again.

Whatever you are doing, no matter how difficult, do not settle for less, do not give less than your best. Don’t!

Instead of giving up, instead of focusing on what you cannot do, instead of doing less than your best, why not focus on opportunity. If you want to improve yourself, real improvement, do not focus on problems, focus on opportunity.

We grow when we challenge ourselves. But before you do something, assess your own strengths and weaknesses. It is important. It saves time. If you can do it, do it. But if you cannot do it, then don’t waste your time. Because failure comes from doing what we don’t know how to do. As Thomas Paine once said, “When it become necessary to do anything, the whole heart and soul should go into the measure, or not attempt it.”

If what you are going for is not for you, don’t go for it. If you don’t feel good about it, don’t do it. If it is for you, then you must do it with all your might. Remember, if you want to be successful in your own life, you MUST put your whole heart and soul into what you do. If not, it won’t work.

We Are Bound To Fail

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“… But when it comes to things we think really matter, like creating a career or raising children, we bear down, tighten up, and absolutely refuse to fail. Anyway, that’s the theory. The reality is, we are bound to fail. By refusing to accept this, we only make things worse. Conversely, if we only own our failure openly, publicly, with genuine regret and absolutely no shame, we reap a harvest of forgiveness, trust, respect, and connection- the things we thought we’d get by succeeding.”- Martha Beck, as quoted in O’s Little Guide to Starting Over

Failure will happen. You cannot stop it. We are here to fail. Because if you want to grow, if you want to move to the next level, without failures, it is not going to happen. So when you fail, instead of beating yourself up, find out what went wrong. Let the people around you know what happened. Do not hide it. See what you can take away from it. And then continue with your life.

“We are bound to fail.” it is going to happen. It is your learning point. When you fail at something, learn from it. Take it as an advantage to know what you do not know. Take it as an opportunity to stretch yourself, to challenge yourself, to get out of your safe zone. Do not avoid it. If you do, according to Martha Beck, “we only make things worse.”