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The Best Fail Over 50% of the Time

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Did you know that some of the best athletes in the world became successfully while still failing more than 50% of the time? Ty Cobb, Hall of Fame baseball player, leads Major League Baseball history with a career average of .367 batting average. Cobb was out (a failure in baseball) more than 60% of the time he went to bat. Michael Jordan, THE greatest basketball player of all-time (Yes, I will argue you), has a lifetime NBA shooting percentage of .497. Air Jordan missed more shots in his career (12,345 misses) than he made (12,192). The New England Patriots future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady has a NFL career completion percentage of 63.5%. Brady hits his target just slightly more than 6 out of 10. These are three examples in sports that prove that some of the world's best still experience failure. So why do we become so discouraged when we fall short of perfection? One misstep. We give up. One setback, we lose faith in our ability to reach our goals. We become frustrated. We sulk. We forget the truth that:
Our setbacks can be the setups to our life's greatest comebacks.
And instead of channeling the disappointment & anger in the failure to fuel our next step forward, we allow it to put us into neutral. We dwell on the negative instead of look for solutions that we can use to turn it into a positive. A missed rep on a lift can force us to evaluate our technique & make necessary adjustments for efficiency. A failed business venture provides a necessary lesson that can be used in your next opportunity to reach success faster. A bad decision creates a wake-up call that suddenly changes your life for the better - a better you never would have realized without it.
"Whether you're a quarterback and you just threw a pick, or you're a corner and you just got beat for a touchdown, you've got to have a short-term memory, shake it off and play the next play." - Steve Mariucci

Just like NFL quarterbacks, you must develop a short-term memory in regards to the negative setbacks. Understand they happen but forget about them so you can focus your energies on what to do in order to move forward. Dwelling on the past negative is only a waste of energy.

And none of us have extra time or energy to waste. Compete for your life.

 

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