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April 30, 2020

"If at first you don't succeed..."

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Imagine if everything you wanted you got on the first try? You set your sights, made the effort and poof, it worked! How easy would life be? We all know that’s far from reality, but that’s what we should be thinking about right now. 

I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes when I put myself out there I fail to get what I wanted. Then, I get discouraged and self-critical and lose confidence. That doesn’t need to happen, and that shouldn’t happen. If it’s something we really want, we should try again and give it another go. Get more creative or specific about what you want and how you’re going to get it.

Good things in life don’t come easy, which means we should expect to fail a few times before achieving it! We don’t take this philosophy because we don’t hear people talking about how they failed to reach their goals, but it happens. I imagine that wouldn’t be the case if you tried again and continued to pursue it with persistence.

We can flip the script in a few ways. We can rewire the meaning of no. What if I told you what you wanted was 10 no’s. How excited would you be to hear your first no? That’s a David Meltzer mentality. Or, what if you measured your success by the number of responses you got, yes or no, and find validation in that. Would you be more likely to keep asking and keep pushing?

"If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.  Don’t give up too easily persistence pays off in the end."

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