Are you like this, too?
Do you struggle to celebrate the successes? Do you linger on the failures?
Someone said to me yesterday, “Wow, you’re getting published all over the place these days!”
As one should, I simply said, “Yep. Thank you for noticing,” and then I quickly changed the subject from me to her.
Privately, in my secret world that few see, I knew otherwise.
Privately, I knew I’d been rejected by Michael Hyatt, Parenting, and Marketing Profs.
But, as I sit here this morning, shortly after Bible study, I’m thinking those weren’t failures after all.
I made the effort. I did the work.
Did it fall short of whatever expectations those outlets held?
Yes. Once. Can I learn from those rejections and try again? Of course.
If I quit trying… if you quit trying… if you quit making the effort and doing the work, that’s failure.
Right now, I have an opportunity to write for a major news organziation. Those recent rejections are making it hard for me to try and write and help and teach and share.
You know what?
You know what?
Fear is dumb.
You know what else?
Right now, I bet — in your secret world that few see — some opportunity, some impossible dream has been smothered by a malicious fear of failure.
- Write down that opportunity. Now.
- Then write down the first small action step necessary to accomplish it.
This weekend, do that thing, please.
Life is short.
And not trying is dumb, too.
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