Imagine being so driven by your love of success that you do not even notice your failures. How different would your life be? How much more could you achieve?
If you dream big, life is exactly the same way. Once you decide to reach for dramatic success, failure becomes increasingly likely. But if that success is appealing enough, it should not matter whether you fail. Never for one moment should you consider quitting; you should simply get up and try again.
Here's the rub: in life, the time span "between waves" is far longer than in surfing. It's a lot harder to shake off a year of wasted effort than two minutes of paddling. But I don't think this is the major obstacle.
The biggest challenge is that most people set goals that are too modest to excite them. They aren't willing to immediately try again because they don't crave victory as much as surfers crave the next ride.
If you are still with me after nine paragraphs of surfing analogies, ask yourself this: are you setting your goals high enough that you are unquestionably willing to keep trying after 5, 10 or even 15 failures? If not, then you may have found the root of your problem.
- By Bruce Kasanhoff