As human beings, it’s natural for us to avoid risk and maximize rewards. Most of us go through life doing our best to play it safe. And that’s a good thing.
Until it’s not.
Let me explain:
Everyone wants a guarantee – in the products we buy and in our lives – we want to know that if something goes wrong, SOMEone is responsible and SOMEone will fix it.
You know what’s funny about that? We want people to make guarantees to us, but we aren’t willing to make guarantees to ourselves.
I hear so many people say that their lack of success is due to someone or something outside their control – maybe it’s their boss, spouse, lack of education or the fact that they went to a state college instead of a more prestigious private university, the economy. The list is endless.
What if you are the one responsible for the failure in your relationships, your work, your great ideas, or your life?
Have you demanded a refund from YOU? Have YOU stood in front of the mirror and asked for an explanation of your performance?
Most of us have never looked in a mirror at our reflection and said, “YOU let you down.”
- Did I set clear goals for my future?
- Did I fully understand what I committed to do and the related action steps?
- Did I invest in this job, relationship, project, or did I just go with the flow?
- Did I do what I said I was going to do?
- Did I give 120% of my effort?
- Did I work through failure?
- Did I try again?
- Did I do everything possible?
- Did I give up too easily?
Here’s the bonus question:
Have I settled for less than what I know is possible in this situation?
Reading this, you may think I’m being harsh, but in reality, I share this with great love for all of those who are working to better themselves. Each of us can benefit from taking the time to look in the mirror and give an accounting–and an explanation–of our performance to the person looking back at us.