Success and failure go hand in hand, they are two opposite sides of the same coin. Winston Churchill stated:
“Success is not final and failure is not fatal; It is the courage to continue that counts”
How often do we put undue pressure on ourselves to “be the best” when we should simply be “doing our best.” There is a distinct difference between the two states. Being the best is counterintuitive because you are already “being your best” just by being here and being alive. Doing our best is achieved by putting in 100% effort and keeping 100% focus on doing our best work.
It’s our personal philosophy and our positive mentality that will determine if we will ever reach our pinnacle of personal success. It’s, of course, a game that’s played out in our own minds. We are constantly judging our behavior and our achievements and comparing them to others. Whether we’re comparing ourselves to people in our own social circle or people in our industry or our city, country, or around the world.
We will certainly always be able to find someone that is far superior to us in terms of recognized achievements or worldly fame, as well, we will probably be able to identify many who have achieved less when we’re searching for comparisons.
We inherently know all of this but it doesn’t stop our petty mind from pursuing its continual calculations. It’s only when we become aware of the futility of this wasted energy that we are able to deflect this energy into more productive tasks. Tasks that will help us to become better people, better citizen’s better problem solvers, and ultimately more successful.
When we can stop keeping score and stop being afraid of failure then we can really move into a new realm of thoughtful, powerful achievement. When we can focus our attention on solving bigger challenges and remove our concerns about who gets the credit then we can ultimately begin the process of moving mountains.
We all know we’re capable of achieving much more than we already have and what we must do is muster the courage to seek out our boldest inclinations.