“Faith that it’s not always in your hands or things don’t always go the way you planned, but you have to have faith that there is a plan for you, and you must follow your heart and believe in yourself no matter what.” – Martina McBride
If you’re up to anything extraordinary…
or even just slightly above the average person’s aspirations, you’d better be ready for things to not work out the first time. Maybe not even the second, third or twelfth time.
We’ve all heard the story of Abraham Lincoln’s “Failures” path to the Presidency, but it never hurts to remind ourselves of it. However, at this link (too much to copy here), you can see juxtaposed beside his famous “failures” list all the rarely mentioned “successes” that occurred in his pre-presidential life.
Look, ask anyone for their favorite rags to riches, zero to zillionaire, or loser to light beam story, and they’ll tell you one. They’re good to hear, because they inspire us.
Yet, one thing we want to build into our own “failures” path to our own dream, as Professor Lucas Morel did with Lincoln’s story at the link above, is a constant awareness of what did work out and the wins that did happen. What if we put a similar list together?
In college, I once heard the then Mayor of Austin, TX, Carole Keeton McClellan, say that “If people aren’t having issues with you, you’re not doing much.”
It’s the same way with the goals and dreams that you’re pursuing: if you’re not experiencing challenges and disappointments, you’re not up to much.
So, having such a ready-made “Disappointment Relief Plan” may be good in case of emergencies. And, if you want to play big, hope and pray that you’re pulling it out regularly!
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Got a disappointment relief plan?
“Disappointments are just God’s way of saying ‘I’ve got something better.’ So, be patient, have faith, and live your life.” – Unknown
DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for BeyondB-School.com and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.
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