How many times have you committed to something and not followed through?
If you commit to a goal there are typically two options.
You generally either reach your goal or fall short. Right?
Let’s face it, we will all fall short of some goals throughout life.
It could be a weight loss goal, a sales goal, or trying to break a bad habit.
The magic is in the recommitment
I believe there are more options than just success or failure when trying to accomplish a goal.
I think often times it looks more like this.
……..repeat until goal achieved.
Anyone can commit to a goal. Some will succeed and some will fail. However, it takes true perseverance, grit, and desire to fall short and then recommit and try again.
We often put off recommitting to a goal for a long period of time or maybe even forever after we fail.
…..Because failure hurts.
…..Because failure looks back at us in the mirror
……Because trying again means that we might fail again.
That’s where most people stop. They commit, they stumble, they quit. Game over.
As I wrote in a previous blog post, it’s the journey not the destination where we can achieve the most success.
Failure is the Best Learning Tool Ever Invented.
I have been insurance sales for 13 years. I definitely have had my share of success and failure. While I much prefer to learn from success, I can say the pain of failure has been a huge learning tool.
I can think of numerous examples where I have failed in my business and personal life.
In the past year, I placed a “former” client with an insurance program that was 100% the wrong fit. It wasn’t intentional, in fact, at the time I thought I was a hero, but after numerous complaints and months of frustration, my client left me. No, it was not 100% my fault, but the bottom line is that I failed and my customer fired me. Believe me when I say, “That hurts.”
I certainly would not repeat this process if I had to do it over again. I felt terrible for my “former” client and lost credibility. All that being true, the lessons I have learned are priceless. I have dissected what went wrong, what could have been improved, and how I could have handled the situation differently.
It’s easier to just blow by failure. Walk past it, ignore it, or pretend it doesn’t exist.
After a setback, you can throw your hands up in the air and say “oh well,” or you can face the pain, recommit and push forward.
One may be easier, but the other option is worth it the long run.
Don’t give up to soon. A setback is only temporary.
Don’t quit, recommit.
What’s your recommit story? I would love to hear it.