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Is Your Faith Stronger Than Your Fear?

Sometimes in life we have big dreams, things that it takes faith to believe will come true. We want more than just a day to day experience that is the same as the past. We want to build something.

When that is the case, it can be easy to give into the fears of not being good enough to get to where we want to go. We fall into this trap of comparing ourselves to successful people, and find ourselves falling short.

The thing is, no one succeeds overnight. We are seeing their highlight reel when they have already made it to the mountain top. And we are still watching the treacherous road to get to the top.

There are twists and turns in the path, there are setbacks. Something doesn't go as planned. When this happens, it is easy to be tempted to give up on your dream. To say it is too hard, and to go back down the mountain. But if you give up, you never know if you could have made it. Success could have been right around the next bend.

If you give up too soon, if you let your fears win, then you might not ever know if you could have made it. Success takes persistence and determination. It takes never giving up, no matter how difficult things may get.

Uncommon outcomes come to uncommon people. And the thing that makes them uncommon is that they don't give up. They take failure in stride, they learn the lessons that failure has to teach, and they keep moving forward.

According to Ted, here are some tips to overcome failure and keep moving forward:

  1. Use your to-do list to boost your confidence

  2. Separate your value from your work

  3. Develop - and depend on - a mutual support group

  4. Remember that no one cares about your failures as much as you do

  5. Be mindful of burnout

  6. Believe in the possibility of future success

I think that for me, number 6 is the most important. You have to believe that your goal is realistic and achievable. You have to believe in yourself, that you are strong enough to make it to the finish line. Then, you pick yourself up from your failure and you keep going.

That is the only way you are going to make it into the successful club, by keeping with things even when it gets hard.

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