October 31, 2003.
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.
If there is one common thread that weaves is way through some of the most successful people who have ever graced this earth, it is their willingness to take another shot. No matter how low they have sunk and regardless of how many times they have tasted bitter defeat, these winners always, always, always TAKE ANOTHER SHOT! And it is this willingness to keep shooting while everyone else has given up hope that elevates them above the rest of the crowd.
These champions are champions because they have discovered that as long as they are willing to give life their very best shot time after time after time they will eventually achieve something really special with their lives. By refusing to give in when everyone else has given up, these winners literally shoot their way to the top. And so can you as well.
Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.
Are you willing to take another shot when things arent going your way; or do you quit shooting altogether? Do you give up when the skies turn gray and things look bleaker than bleak or do you circle the wagons and hoist up yet another round of shots? Come on, how can you possibly get any better if you are unwilling to take the shot when it needs to be taken?
Gearing up and getting going again is sometimes a tough nut to crack. After all, facing the prospects of getting pounded all over again should you miss the next shot is not all that inviting to be sure. On the other hand, how will you ever know for sure if that next shot is the ONE youve always been waiting for unless you take it? You wont and thats precisely why the next shot must be taken.
I've always believed no matter how many shots I miss, I'm going to make the next one.
Robert Townsend said, If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it's OK. But you've got to shoot for something. A lot of people don't even shoot. And not taking a shot that desperately needs to be taken is much more than a shame; its a waste of too many peoples lives. Now I will grant you that getting knocked down is never a whole lot of fun. But then again, temporary setbacks are little more than the inevitable growing pains we all experience every so often. The only way you can get hurt is if you choose to stay down. And thats not going to happen, is it?
And besides, even if you misfire every so often, whats the big deal? All of us, even the best of us, miss on occasion. In fact, it may surprise you that the most successful people on earth miss more shots than the rest of the others combined. Why? Because these top achievers take the majority of the shots. They refuse to back down or back away when the going gets rough and as a result, they make the most of their moments on earth.
You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
Most of lifes missed opportunities are not the result of missed shots but rather, of shots that werent taken. Far too many people needlessly limit their futures by limiting the shots they take and chances they make. Instead of taking control and taking the shot, they step back while allowing others to do the shooting. They never once realize that they do indeed miss 100% of the shots they do not take in their lives.
Charles F. Kettering, a renowned inventor in the automotive field, once said, An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots. He understood that success was simply a matter of shooting and shooting until he got it right.
The only way you will ever improve is to keep shooting, shot after shot after shot. And if youre a little off target, dont lose your cool. Simply re-aim and fire again, never once concerning yourself about what may or may not happen if you miss. Just pick up the ball and start shooting and keep shooting until you get the job done. As. Mr. Kettering discovered, all it really takes to turn your life completely around is that ONE made shot.
Its your shot so take it.
The Bottom Line: When youre willing to take your best shot daily, youll become a shooting star.
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