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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts

When is the last time you have taken inventory of your life?

I have been evaluating at a bare minimum what it takes to equal my personal goal of success. Success means different things for different people. Regardless of what it means to you the journey isn't without obstacles whether growing a business, advancing at your work place, overcoming insurmountable odds, silencing your critics, or simply finishing a project.

When was it that you last looked at what is most important to you and measured your progress as related to where you want to be in life? I have encountered a number of what I would consider failures. Those failures have represented mile markers of change in my life. Along with those failures, I have also been fortunate enough to enjoy success, accomplishment, and completion of goals that I set for myself in certain areas.

In a broad perspective, determination is the key to success. It represents the focus and persistence it takes to achieve anything worth working toward. Determination takes courage. When the odds and or situations have mounted themselves against you the courage to remain focus and exercise discipline will always yield positive results. If there is anything that I have been exposed to as a result of writing this column it has been the society of individuals in this community who have been scared by failure. The wounds run so deep that their view of the world has become so skewed that they are critical of anyone with hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Failure is inevitable at times. It ties itself to bad decisions, but determination is the pathway back to success. When this community does reach its goal of success it will be because of individuals who acknowledged the problem but remained determined to find and follow the way of a solution. To have a vision of promise there has to be a goal or a target for achievement. You canĂ­t hit the mark that is in front of you if you spend all of your time looking back.

The boundaries that failures set are kept together by our memories of what those failures represent. Success sees beyond the failure and looks at every conceivable option to get from point A to point B. With every new day there ought to be more opportunity to gain new perspective. Instead of focusing on what we don't have it is much more advantageous to focus on what we have and utilize it as best they can. Determine to make the best of your day and don't stop until you accomplish your goal. Winston Churchill once said Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

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