Be Fearless

I was talking with our student leaders in our Tuesday morning rAM Leadership session this week and we were talking about failure and how we can use it to help us be successful. 

I shared one line with them that I’ve thought about a lot this week.  “Your desire to succeed must be greater than your fear of failure.” 

You have dreams.  You have goals.  You have things that you absolutely love to do or have your sights set on doing.  Plans are made and you set out on the journey to accomplish your goal. 

Then what happens? 
Life hits you right between the eyes. 
The critics start. 
Doubt creeps in and very soon the dream dies. 

I have used this stat before but here it is again.  Only eight percent of people actually achieve their dreams.  So how do you stay away from being one of the 92 percent? 

1. Don’t fear failure.  You may have setbacks but if you learn from a hardship you have the ability to adjust, adapt and eventually overcome any setback.

2. Once you start the pursuit don’t quit.   Too many people quit too early.  Often times success is right around the next corner.  Keep moving forward toward that corner even if it’s slowly.  Slow progress is better than no progress.

3. The critics don’t get to decide if your dream will come true.  You do.  If only eight percent actually achieve their dreams that means that many of those 92 percent that are left are going to want to keep you from achieving yours because it will make them look bad.  They will try to hold you back.  Don’t give them permission to do that.

If it sets your soul on fire then it is worth relentlessly pursuing without fear.  Pursue it and don’t give up on it. 

I’m cheering for you.

#leadership #motivation #coaching
#bebetter #beblessed


Published by toddagordon

Currently in his 37th year in the education field. Currently the District Activities Director at Greene County Community Schools in Jefferson, Iowa. Celebrating 37 years of marriage with Deb. Deb works remotely as the Assistant Controller for Treynor (IA) State Bank. We have 3 kids, two son in laws, a daughter in law, two wonderful grandsons, Jonathan and Parker, and three lovely granddaughters, Mia, Madison and Faye. Nicole and Brett are parents to Jonathan and Madison, and are working in ministry in Urbandale, IA. AJ and Regan live in Waukee, IA. A.J. currently works for Thrivent after a few years coaching college basketball including winning a National Championship as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Graceland University. Regan is a Kindergarten teacher with the Des Moines Public Schools at Hubbell Elementary School. Abby and Anthony are parents to Parker and Mia and they outside of Ogden, IA. Abby works as a Physical Therapy Assistant and Anthony works for a landscaping company.

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