You’ve been aiming for a resolution for almost a month now. Maybe you’re going strong. Maybe you’re suffering through. Maybe you’ve stopped trying. Who needs to exercise anyway? There’s just no time for meeting with my mentor. But there was pie in the break room and I couldn’t say no!
There’s no doubt you’re facing challenges or even obvious resistance to accomplishing your 2016 goals. But, how can you think your way through it and come out on the other side?
Here’s three ways to reframe failure and the desire to quit as you push past failures and strengthen your thinking.
Quitting is more about who you are than where you are. Everyone faces difficulty when working toward a dream. And if someone fails, he can make excuses for what went wrong, how the unexpected happened, how someone let him down, how circumstances worked against him. But the reality is that the external things do not stop people.
Those who achieve their dreams don’t have an easier path than those who do not. They just have a different internal attitude about the journey. The great artist Leonardo da Vinci once declared, “Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed on a star does not change his mind.” The one who achieves the dream sees the journey differently.
Instead of thinking, “Not enough people believe in me. I’ll never make it,” think, “My belief in myself is big enough; I can make it.”
Instead of, “It’s taking too long to realize my dream,” think, “Dreams are realized one day at a time.”
Rather than, “Enough is enough! I’ve taken enough hits!” think, “I’ve come too far to give up now.”
Instead of, “I don’t have the strength to hold onto my dream,” think, “Hold on a little longer. The darkest hour comes just before the dawn.”
Novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe said, “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
And, H.E. Jensen expressed an achiever’s way of thinking: “The man who wins may have been counted out several times, but he didn’t hear the referee.”
The only real guarantee for failure is to stop trying.
So when things go wrong,
when the obstacles seem too great,
when the difficulties get to be too much,
when your dream seems to be impossibly far away,
your job is to simply keep going.
If you stop, it won’t be because of what happens around you. It will be because of what happens in you. Choose to think differently, because success is probably closer than you think