The Beginning, The Failure, and The Comeback
Don’t fear beginnings. Fear regret.
How many times have we decided to dedicate ourselves to something completely new and then reside to putting it off because we don’t know where to start? The concept of this new thing is so vast, the scariest part is often times figuring out where we begin. We mustn't let this dissuade us.
Break the undertaking down into parts. If you don’t know what parts there are to learn or accomplish, that’s okay. Find one aspect, focus on that, master it, and move on. Make the problem smaller, you will overcome it.
If you have a calling, you must pursue it. Even if, it is realized in the process that it is no longer the correct direction, it’s better to have discovered this than to never have known. Regret is much worse than learning from the experience.
Failure is part of the endeavor.
It can be disheartening when you have visions of an endeavor that leads you to success and happiness and in the first stretch of pursual, something falls flat. It’s easy to dismiss it as “I’m just not meant for this.” or “I’m not as good as I thought I was.”
I’m here to tell you that there’s nothing wrong with failing. It’s not fun. In fact, it can be one of the absolute worst feelings especially if it’s something you’re truly passionate about...if you have the wrong perspective.
The right perspective is, “Now I know what doesn’t work, I know my mistake, and I know how to avoid it next time.” Every mistake is a learning and growing experience. The biggest accomplishments of one’s life have often been made after the greatest mistakes of one’s life.
Prepare for the comeback.
The wrong perspective is to see this failure as the loss of your endeavor completely. Perhaps you lost this contest, perhaps you struck out at the plate, maybe you didn’t hit the high-note. Take the experience, learn from it, grow, and come back stronger. You can and you will achieve your goals with the persistence.
Great things come to those who persist. When you work with not only ferociousness but with strategy and patience you will encounter more and more victories. Whether big or small, they will stack up to become the staircase to the things you are reaching for.