What would you attempt if you knew you couldn't fail?
How many times have you heard that and just thought, that's a nice quote and then went on with your life never really considering the question?
Me too. Stop for a minute and really think about what that question is saying. Maybe you've had a business idea for a long time but you thought, "what if it fails?" Well, what if it does? Is it the end of the world?
If you look at the lives of great business leaders you will find they had businesses that failed before they found the one that made them famous. What if they had never been willing to chance failure? They would have never reached the level of success that they now have without those failures. As John Maxwell says "Sometimes you win, Sometimes you learn.” You have to be willing to fail to ever achieve great success. Whether it's starting a business, writing a book, starting a new realaionship, getting a degree, whatever your dream is you will have to risk failure to know the thrill of succeeding and becoming all you were created to be.
So many people are dying a slow death. Many have already died in their spirit and mind, they just haven’t been buried yet. At one time in their life they were full of dreams and excitement about all they were going to do in their lives and they had a reason to get up in the morning. Life has a way of knocking you down. You attempted something great but it didn’t work out the way you planned. You loved only to have that person break your heart. You lost a job, a loved one. Someone lied to you...on you. There are so many things in life that can cause you to want to give up and just stop trying. You just start going through the motions.
Believe me, I’ve been there. I’ve lost loved ones. I’ve been discouraged when my business wasn’t growing like I wanted. I’ve had more month than I had money and been knocked down more times than I want to count but the key in life is to get back up one more time than you get knocked down. I love this quote by TD Jakes,”You cannot control the variables, you can only control the perspective.” That is so true. How you view your life and the setbacks of life make all the difference. Don’t ever allow yourself to stop dreaming and believing that your life can be better.
The first thing you need to do when you get knocked down is look up! If you can look up you can get up. Look up to God to help you see the future He has for you.
Next you need to eliminate the negative in your life. The relationships that are dragging you down, stressing you out and robbing you of your peace. Life is too short to allow negative people to steal your joy and keep you from becoming all you were meant to become. It’s time to start dreaming again. You can’t change what happened yesterday but you can dream a new dream today. Dream BIG! Search your heart and let God show you the big dreams He has for you.
Lastly, you have to put some action into your dreams. They will always stay a dream unless you start putting in the work to make those dreams a reality. It may be small steps to begin with but each little step will bring you closer to making your dream a reality. You may need someone to help you start dreaming again. A friend, a coach, a mentor. Someone that will believe in you and help you start believing in yourself again.
Today is the day to start living again. Don’t be one of those people that’s waiting to be buried. Be present in the moment! Live your life!