Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts
As you look in hindsight and reflect whether 2017 was a year to remember or a year to forget, Mr. Churchill is reminding us that it’s all about what your next move is. Neither the victories nor the defeats (aka the outcomes) last very long, or matter as much as your responses to them. You need to tip the scale in your favor every chance you get. Now is the time to give yourself the gift of basking in the glory of your successes, and eliminate any chance of repeating the pain.
Step one of your holiday hangover? Assess, followed by acknowledge, and finally action.
ASSESS: reflect, go through the recent time, whether it’s the whole year or not, but pause and think.
• What were your successes? Build on those and keep stretching your vision.
• What can you build off those wins?
• What does the success tell you?
• How did you surprise yourself? Was their a particular situation or overall theme?
• Did you acknowledge that with yourself?
• What did you do well and how can you leverage that?
Ask the same with failures. Figure out how to make those processes right. Either by elimination, adjustments, or retooling, but definitely air it out and do not be lulled into complacency. Acknowledging both the victories and the defeats allows you to take what serves you best from them and leave behind the rest.
I am a big believer that life and achievement of our goals is a process. Because of that, New Year’s being a reason to change is not something that fully resonates with me. Change and growth comes from dedicated practice and dedication to the process. Working through the ups, the downs, and the obstacles, is how experiences can lend a hand to our transformation. But, New Year’s can act as a “do-over” providing the opportunity to just say: “From here on out…”. If we need a new beginning to feel motivated, to make the fresh start, we just got it (and I’ll take it!). And if that is the catalyst that helps, and the process follows, I embrace the timing as a gift. The key is to take the time for acknowledging the recent victories and on becoming better. Take the time to learn.
ACTION, based on things learned through the years…whether it is studying the sudden sprints or the whole marathon…is what will keep you challenged, engaged, and ultimately wanting to keep going. Motivation comes from progress, progress comes from action. Playing chess is way more fun than being the pawn.
Karyn Danielle Chylewski