January 22, 2010.
"Be an all-out, not a hold-out." Norman Vincent Peale
Nobody likes to be on the losing end of anything. Be it life, athletics or business, losing is never a whole lot of fun. Losing hurts, losing stings, losing cuts right to our core. Losing makes us feel just plain lousy.
Most of us will do just about anything to avoid losing.
So we go on the defensive. We elect to play it safe. And we take as few chances as possible. When trouble lurks, we back away. When adversity shows its face, we shrink back and shy away. When difficulties present themselves, we run for cover... and hide.
"Action conquers fear." Peter Nivio Zarlenga
When you're getting beat up, it's easy to retreat to something safer. When you're getting bashed and battered around, it's easy to head for higher ground. When you're getting bounced all over the place, it's easy to high tail it out of there.
But what has all of that backing up, backing down and backing away ever got you? Has it got you closer to reaching your goals? Has it got you closer to achieving your aspirations? Has it got you one inch closer to making your dreams come true?
All of the backpedaling in the world will never accomplish anything but move you farther away from the life you want to live. Constantly giving ground as you give in to others is no way to get ahead.
If you truly want to move in the direction of your dreams, you must go on the offensive. And seize the day.
"We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor." Oliver Wendell Holmes
Rather than constantly playing it safe, settling for second best, why don't you get a little more aggressive and see where it takes you? Instead of succumbing to the control of others, where they constantly set the parameters of what you can say, think and do, why not grab the offensive and take the fight to them? Instead of feeling confined, hemmed in or trapped, why don't you get a little out of control and start chasing your dreams?
How would it feel to totally cut loose and start pursuing all of the wonderful ideas and dreams you hold in your heart? Can you imagine the energy, the excitement and the enthusiasm you could unleash if you'd just let your hair down and let it loose? Can you picture how much you could accomplish if you would just go for your goals with everything you've got?
No more holding back, no more playing it safe; just an all-out effort to make your life all it could be and more. Can you see it? Can you feel it? Are you ready to make it a reality?
"It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys." Antoine de Saint-Exupery
When it comes to living, you've got to get your mo-jo moving in the right direction. And that means giving life everything you've got every single day. No more allowing others to dictate your actions. No more backing down when the going gets tough. No more running and hiding when you need to be charging ahead.
No more playing defense from this point forward.
When times get rough and you're tempted to give up, you need to go on the offensive. And fight back. By digging in and refusing to lose, you set the tempo. By pushing ahead instead of falling back, you propel yourself in a positive direction. Instead of moving back, you're charging ahead. Instead of running away, you're pushing forward. Instead of playing it safe, you're playing to win. Most importantly, you're developing an offensive mindset that can take you anywhere you want to go.
Best of all, you'll start getting powerful, positive, exciting results. You'll start feeling better. You'll start having more energy, more enthusiasm and more fun. And you'll start living the life you deserve.
The Bottom Line: Instead of holding back, go make something exciting happen today.
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