Think about it.
Can our day-to-day experiences become so predictable and colorless that our very own lives fail to inspire us? Can the repetition and monotony of our unwavering routines cause us to dissolve into a state of inescapable dreariness and boredom?
Here’s an easy way to find out. Ask yourself this simple question.
Where have I failed?
If we can’t come up with an answer to “Where have I failed?”, then it is almost certain that we are failing to be self-inspired.
Self-inspiration requires that we set the bar of expectations high enough that failure is a necessary chapter in any self-inspired story. So necessary in fact, that we must accept it as the cost of becoming something better, stronger and truly fulfilled.
Without failure, are we really reaching for anything that qualifies as inspirational? If I’m not willing to risk failure, am I really serious about starting my own business or expanding my existing one? If I’m not willing to risk failure, am I really serious about losing weight, reducing my medications, making more money, improving my marriage or buying a home?
Living a life that is self-inspiring and self-motivating may come at the risk of failure, but it also saves us from the worst kind of success.
Who wants to be successful at avoiding anything that is new or challenging? Who wants to be successful at watching more TV? Who wants to be successful at staying pissed and aggravated at things over which we have no control? Who wants to be successful at being inattentive to our loved ones, lonely and isolated, fearful and suspicious, static and unchanging?
To avoid being successful at living a dismal life, the risk of failure needs to be our closest companion.
Remember that our life is the ONLY life we control. That singular fact, in and of itself, should be enough to wake us from the illusion that we are nothing special, our lives are nothing special, success means playing it safe and failure is to be avoided at all costs.
If we want to be an example to others of how we can be inspired by our own personal experience, we simply need to start living our lives as if they are almost over; as if today was our last chance on Earth to dance instead of sitting unnoticed, to laugh instead of worrying, to run as fast as we can with a pair of scissors in both hands, and to fail at something we never would have attempted before today.
Executive Health and Performance Coach Billy Sheehan partners with time-challenged professionals to reengineer the relationship between their personal health and professional careers. The resulting balance creates the optimal environment for achieving the highest levels of long-term success.
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