Thinking Out Loud

Success and Failure

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

Musing this morning on why we seek the mark of success as something given by others. Why do we seek approval externally rather than recognise and relish achievement from within ourselves? If we rely on others (and their standards) for approval we never know the satisfied feeling of a task complete, a goal achieved, a pleasure given for no reward.

We set ourselves up for failure by not recognising our achievements in every facet of life. Then when the road gets a bit rocky, we relive all the failures and make them the mark of what we are, discounting or ignoring all the successes regardless of how big or small.¬†Whether we set tasks, draw a life map or have a list, if we don’t celebrate achievement we don’t remember the good moments. It is not self gratification, it is recognition of achievement which should always be a part of our day.

Yes it can be hard but it is not impossible, our minds can be trained for success…… or left to be lazy which leads to an average existence. Do you want to be average?

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