April 9, 2007.
"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult."
What would you dare to do if you knew you could not fail? If you absolutely knew beyond a shadow of doubt that you COULD NOT FAIL, wouldn't the impossible would become suddenly possible, the unattainable instantly attainable? With success unconditionally guaranteed, nothing would be beyond your reach, nothing outside of your grasp.
What kinds of absolutely amazing things would you dare to attempt if the possibility of failing was completely eliminated? What kinds of spectacular feats would you try if you knew, without a shred of doubt, that you simply couldn't fail? With the prospects of falling down and falling short taken away, anything and everything you've ever wanted to do would become doable.
"Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try."
Mary Kay Ash
Most of us never give life everything we've got because we are scared to death of failing or falling short. Oh sure, we'll give things a try, maybe a good try, but when push comes to shove, we rarely push back. Without question, the fear of failure is the #1 reason most of us fail in the first place. But what is failure really?
The dictionary defines failure as falling short or not succeeding. Fair enough, but there is a better definition of failure. You can reduce failure down to one word? And what is that word? QUIT. When you give up and call it quits, you lose. And when you lose, you fail. It's that simply - and that complicated as well.
"It is impossible to win the race unless you venture to run, impossible to win the victory unless you dare to battle."
Richard M. DeVos
But what if you simply refused to quit, even in the face of life's most demanding of times? What if you resolutely refused to lose, even when your chances for success seem minuscule at best? What if you absolutely refused to give up or give in, even when everyone else had thrown in the towel and called it quits? What if you REFUSED TO QUIT no matter what? What if indeed.
By refusing to quit, refusing to cave or wilt under life's most demanding pressure, you insulate yourself against failure. After all, by definition you cannot fail if you refuse to quit. And if you cannot fail, then doesn't anything and everything becomes possible, doable and reachable? You bet!
Refusing to quit is a conditioned response. But so is quitting. The manner in which to respond to life's challenges can literally make you... or break you. In those make or break moments, when our best is severely put to the test, quitting is always the easy way out. But also the wrong way out as well. Quitting never gets you anywhere you really want to go in life, does it? It just gets you further behind.
"I believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare."
When those make or break moments occur, you need to reach deep down and simply refuse to lose. Will you get knocked down? Sure. Will you endure momentary defeat and failure on occasion? No doubt. The key is to get up, get better and get going again - each and every time. By drawing a line in the sand and refusing to give in or give up, you show the world you will not fail. By consistently refusing to submit or surrender no matter what, you dare to be great.
Theodore Roosevelt said, "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."
A world of possibilities awaits; your world of endless possibilities. It's your move. The only question that remains is this: what will you dare to do now that you know you cannot fail?
The Bottom Line: The future belongs to those that dare.
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