How Your Failures Help You Succeed!

No matter how successful you are in life, at some point you will face failure. And the more successes you achieve, the likelihood is the more failures you will endure as well. That’s the nature of working toward big goals – you have to fail to succeed!

And one of the most defining factors of accomplished people is their ability to handle failure and continue to strive.

You are not defined by your failures!

How Do You Handle Failure?

Cal Ripken is known for breaking Ty Cobb’s “unbreakable” record of playing in 2,130 consecutive professional baseball games, and for signing a five-year contract for more than $30 million in the 1990s. However, during one particular year of that contract, Cal got only about one hit for every four times at bat.

What do you think Cal Ripken’s picture of himself is when he steps up to the plate? “Boy, what a waste of time! Chances are only one out of four I’m going to get a hit!”

I believe as he steps to the plate with considerable eagerness to face the pitcher, Cal is thinking to himself, “Okay, you got me the last time, but I’ve got your number this time. I’ve been thinking it through, watching you, and I happen to know I’m one of the best athletes in the world.”

Cal Ripken sees himself as a winner, and he is elated to have a chance to step back up to the plate.

Regardless of what happened to you the last time you stepped up to the plate, this time it’s a brand new day, and at this very moment you are preparing to make it a winning one.

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Sometimes your life – and the world around you – can start to feel overwhelmed by problems. We can lose sight of hope and feel beaten down by obstacles. But there’s an old piece of wisdom that has walked countless people through these difficulties and into brighter, better times.

Changing your perspective could make all the difference in the world!

How Your Problems Can Become Your Power

Let me share with you a formula I learned long ago. This is ancient wisdom that applies perfectly to today. In fact, we need it more today than ever before.

  • Problems produce patience
  • Patience produces persistence
  • Persistence produces character
  • Character produces hope
  • Hope produces power

But the process is not automatic!
If we want power to come from our problems we have a role to play. We need to do our part and put our focus on hope.

List, and regularly review, your accomplishments

Some will say “what accomplishments?” Others will know they have accomplished important things but have never thought of writing them down.

Here is my experience in life.

  • Life is going to present me with plenty of negatives and opportunities to be negative.
  • It is my responsibility to fight against the negative by feeding my mind positive information.
  • The best defense is a good offense. Starting every day with a positive chases away many of the negatives that might take hold in our minds.

You have accomplishments. Write them down and keep them close. Read and review them often and be encouraged that you have done important things, and will do important things again. Even today!

This is essential for staying motivated and making your dreams a reality.

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How have your failures better prepared you to succeed? Can you change your perspective to start seeing your problems as stepping stones to better times, more hope, and more power?

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