Failure and Success
The Choice is Yours!
by Cheryl Vallejos, CPBA, CPVA

How many times do you have to fail at something in order to succeed?

Did you know that Thomas Edison failed 10,000 times while trying to invent the light bulb? He certainly had a learn and do attitude! He was able to turn each failed experiment into a successful way not to invent the light bulb. Therefore, what can we learn from this? You can adopt the fail forward strategy too.

None of us are failures

In reality, none of us are failures. It's true, we will experience times of defeat, setbacks, problems, and adversity, but remember, each one of us is meant to succeed in life, it is our destiny. However, we much choose our destiny. Henry David Thoreau said, born to succeed, not to fail. We can never be forced into having a happy and successful life. Whether or not you experience success or failure is completely controlled by what you think and do. You are the only one who can choose the thoughts that will keep you from achieving the abundant life and joy that you are meant to have. No matter how difficult things may seem, say to yourself, I choose to be a happy and successful person."

Why do some people get what they want and others fail? I believe that getting what you desire in life takes planning; it does not just happen by luck. So how do we plan for success?

It has been proven that successful people:
  1. Do things differently than unsuccessful people
  2. Recognize the patterns of success and follow them; one of those patterns is planning. They plan what they think and do, which sets them apart
  3. Know exactly what they desire, have an intelligent plan for getting it, and then work their plan. They know what success will cost them in terms of time, energy, and results and they devote the right resources toward making their plans

Therefore, we need to learn how to plan for success.

There have been reports of many people who have won the lottery jackpot, enjoyed luxuries for a short of time, and then eventually gone back to their original level of poverty. Why? I believe its because they didn’t know how to plan for continued success. No one can predictably keep winning the lottery. Those who try to rely on luck for their success lose it all and go back to where they started. Success does not like the gambler or heavy risk-taker.

Be truthful with yourself and admit where you might be coming up short. Once you identify the contrast of what's not working, you will get clear about what it is you desire. This will trigger a winning attitude that will start you racing toward a life that will surely be as successful as your desire and motivation to make it that way! It will happen!

  1. Decide on what you desire and write it down
  2. Determine the amount of time that you want to complete the goal
  3. Identify obstacles that must be overcome in order to achieve the goal
  4. Identify the resources (knowledge, skills, people, money, etc.) you have available
  5. Write out an action plan of the tasks to achieve the goal within the allotted time frame
  1. Know how to motivate yourself to obtain the success you desire. Learn to overcome the failures.
  2. Build passion by doing what you love to do.
  3. Become a proactive thinker rewards will follow!

You have only one life...
Make it a good one!

Cheryl Vallejos is a certified in Law of Attraction practitioner who imparts her wisdom on attracting happiness, success and prosperity - mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Cheryl is author of "Injecting the Juice into Leadership" and "Time on Your Side" is a professional business coach and consultant with over 22 years experience in business leadership. She works with professionals who are ready to attract more success, happiness and abundance in their life as they combine The Law of Attraction with business building techniques. Click here to sign up for the FREE electronic book,"Using the Law of Attraction for Personal and Professional Success" or contact her for more information:

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