"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts."
As we get close to the end of 2016, I am reminded of a quip that a former boss made when I was gloating about my awesomeness for the year. I had absolutely blown all of my goals out of the water, more than doubling the increases that were asked of me from the beginning of the year. He said... "Today we are all heroes and tomorrow back to zero." At the time, I remember being frustrated with the comment because I wanted to revel in the glory of my accomplishment. There was a simple truth, however, that has stuck with me for the last 20 years since that comment. That truth is that it is not what I did yesterday that matters. It is what I am willing to risk and take action on in this present moment that determines who I am .
As I have learned to let go of my failures from the past and let go of my success as well, I have learned to live more in the moment. We learn great lessons when we fail. We learn what we should not have done and we plan for what we will do next time. We learn good lessons when we succeed. We learn what works and how people respond to us when we are on the right track. Success and failure are simply the string of "nows" that go together to create the experience of our life. When you step back from the definitions of winning and losing and embrace the idea that life is more about choosing, you learn to live.
Everyday, when you wake up, claim the success of the day. Claim the joy of having another opportunity to live your life fully and to enjoy every moment of the experience. Have the courage to choose action. Have the courage to embrace the lessons learned from both victory and defeat. Have the courage to be every bit you and to live your life in glorious pursuit of your next experience!
To Your Success,
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Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.