(Fill in the blank) If I would stop _________, I could _________.
If you have to guess what number of attempts people take to try something new, what would you guess?
As a young man, Aber handling 10 went to war has a captain and returned a private Afterward, he was a failure as a businessman. As a lawyer in Springfield, he was too impractical and temperamental to be a success. He turned to politics and was defeated in his first right for the legislature, and again defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for Congress, Defeated a in his sent to a real election of 1854, defeated in his efforts for the vice presidency in 1856, and defeated in the senatorial election of 1858. But about that time, he wrote a letter to his friend, ” I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally disturbed to the whole human family, there would not be one sure full face on the earth.”
Can you imagine if that is 16th president of the United States of America had given up? How it would have changed history?
Would you be surprised if I told you that the most common number of attempts at trying something new is zero. Most people don’t even try, they decides that they will fail before they even begin.
We all have excuses. I’m too old, I won’t be good at it, it is too hard, I am too dumb, etc…
John C. Maxwell said it best when he said, “When you first start something new accept the fact that he will probably be bad at it.”
Chances are you aren’t a prodigy, and you will not be an expert in the new thing that you try, in fact you may very well be quite bad at it. That’s OK, we aren’t made to the expert in everything that we try the first time. Instead we try, then we are able to review what worked and what didn’t work. Correct the things that didn’t work and improves on the things that did work.
You’re human and that means are not perfect, which his perfect. As the challenges in our lives that make us who we are and what we are going to become.