October 20, 2010.
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." Wayne Gretzky
The ball is in your hands. The clock winding down. Your team trails by a single point. The game hangs in the balance. As the final few seconds tick away, with victory or defeat placed squarely on your shoulders, you have to make a decision. Do you take the shot?
Or do you pass the ball to a teammate and hope for the best?
Way too many people never take the shot. Be it sports or business or their personal life, the vast majority can never muster the courage to take the shot. Instead of stepping up and launching the game winning attempt, they focus on what happens if they miss.
They're too worried about being the goat. About being the one who lost the game. So they don't pull the trigger. They don't let it rip. They don't take the shot. They just pass the ball away... time after time after time.
"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." Michael Jordan
Would you take the shot? Would you take the chance? Would you lay it all on the line and let it fly? Or would you allow fear to get the better of you? And pass the ball away as well?
It has been said that fear makes cowards of us all. I beg to differ. Fear can bring out your best. Fear can propel you to greatness. Fear can lead you to victory, success and riches - if you'll just stand firm - and TAKE THE SHOT. When it's time to step up, make sure you do.
Step up and take the shot. Step up and take a chance. step up and have the gumption to reach out and grab glory.
But what if you miss? What happens if your shot goes awry? If you miss, simply pick yourself up and get ready for the next game, the next opportunity. The next chance to take the game winning shot.
And then take it again and again and again. Never allow a missed shot to hold you back. Or hold you down. Just grab the ball.
And shoot. And keep shooting.
"If you don't think you can, you won't." Jerry West
If you think not taking the shot doesn't hurt you, you'd better think again.
Just consider the following. How many opportunities have you allowed to slip away because you were too afraid to try? How many friendships have fizzled because you were too afraid to commit? How many memorable moments have faded away because you were afraid to follow up?
How many 'can't miss' propositions have you missed because you were too afraid to act? EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, how many more are you willing to fritter away because you're too afraid, too scared, too worried... to take the shot?
If you're ever going to fulfill your destiny on earth, you must conquer your fears. And be willing to take your best shot each and every day.
"I've never been afraid to fail." Michael Jordan
Are you going to allow fear a chance to cripple your life? To hold you back? To prevent you from taking your best shot?
I didn't think so.
When others won't, make sure you will.
When others don't, make sure you do.
When others can't, make sure you can.
Don't worry about losing. Don't worry about what might go wrong. Don't worry about what others will think if you miss the shot.
Expect to succeed.
Expect to win.
Expect the shot to go in.
And take it.
The Bottom Line: You won't make it if you don't take it.
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