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Do you ever leak? What a funny question. By that, I mean do you ever leak enthusiasm? Do you ever lose your enthusiasm, especially after a failure?
I suppose we all do at one time or another.
You see – sometimes we leak – we leak energy and ideas and the ability to see the possibilities of our future after a fall. We can easily get into a mental funk and get down on ourselves, or feel we are a total flop. That is when we need to stop the leaks and rebuild our energy and idea tank.
Mr. Churchill says it well:
Boy did this guy have a few problems. Check this out.
-In ’32 he was defeated for state legislature
-In ’33 he failed in business
-In ’35 his sweetheart died
-In ’36 he had a nervous breakdown
-In ’38 he was defeated for Speaker
-In ’43 he was defeated for nomination to
-In ’48 he lost re-nomination
-In ’49 he was rejected for land officer
-In ’54 he was defeated for US Senator
-In ’56 he was defeated for nomination for VP
-In ’58 he was again defeated for US Senator
And in 1860, the man who signed his name A. Lincoln was elected the 16th President of the United States.
I once met Paul Meyer, founder of Success Motivation Institute. He told a group of us once that he had started over 130 companies in his lifetime. Sixty-five of those had failed. The man was unstoppable. He found a way to stop the leak of enthusiasm and self-confidence. He plugged the holes and kept going.
The great question is this – What does it take to stay encouraged?
Here’s my formula:
~Analyze what went wrong and what you can do differently
~Read and listen to great thought gurus that you like and trust
~Spend some quality time in thinking with no distractions
~Hold forth two affirmations – I approve of myself and I believe in myself
One of the great quotes in my files is this:
So what if you leak.
Patch up, sit up, fill up – repeat, repeat, repeat!
And then do the thing you intended to do with fresh eyes.
P Michael Biggs
One Word at a Time