Resilience. Persistence. Grit. Tenacity. Endurance.
Resolve. Perseverance. Determination.
All of these words describe the quality that I believe is a must-have to be a winner. Fearlessness, as described in the previous post, is a great way to ignite change and to move out of your comfort zone in order to seek a better version of yourself. But what happens when you try new and challenging things? You may fail the first time around or you may face inevitable obstacles and setbacks. This is why resilience is another important element of your personality that will push you through the roadblocks, ultimately assisting you to surge forward towards reaching your goals.
Winners know that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s an integral part of it. I often joke that I “failed my way to success,” as each failure ultimately brought me clarity for what I truly want and showed me ways that don’t work. Through failure, I gained more experience and knowledge, and recognized the gaps in my skills that must be filled in order to become better next time around. Most of the world’s top achievers have the same path to success – through multiple defeats, not giving up after each one. JK Rowling was rejected 12 times before getting her first Harry Potter novel published.
Tony Robbins mentioned in one of his seminars that his friend Sylvester Stallone was turned down approximately 1,500 times while trying to sell his idea for the movie Rocky.
How many times are you willing to fail for your biggest goals and dreams?
Giving up may be the easiest option when things don’t go as planned and you face a dead end, but you need to find the strength to push forward. Success is not a straight road. The bows and bends are full of learning curves. What could happen if you push little bit longer, work even harder, and have the patience to wait for the right moment? If you keep trying, you might just hit the jackpot! Don’t give up when it gets too difficult – you never know what’s beyond that next roadblock. The more times you overcome obstacles on your path to success, the less crowded it becomes, because as everyone else around you drops out of the race, your perseverance will ultimately leave you to be the last one standing.
In my research, I have noticed that there are not many people willing to get rejected, embarrassed, lose face or bruise their ego. Most don’t take the plunge and invest everything they have over and over again with unwavering faith until they reach the summit. Are you willing to be that person who takes a chance and risks it all?
“There is no traffic jam along the extra mile.”
~~ Roger Staubach~~