Failure 1: Success 0

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” -Thomas A. Edison

In my opinion the reason most people don’t succeed is that failure doesn’t hurt bad enough.

Truth be told, if your doctor said stop eating doughnuts or you’ll certainly die – you would stop eating doughnuts.

If you needed to make $500 to make rent or your wife and kids would be evicted in the dead of winter – you’d find the money.

In my own life, I’ve found the pain of failure hasn’t hurt enough to motivate me on to success. I set goals, miss them (fail) and start all over again with little consequence other than squandered time.

I’m reminded of the fable of the hound and the hare where the hound was chasing the hare and after a good long chase, the hound gave up the race. He was quickly chastised by the farmer who watched the whole ordeal. He said to the hound, “That little rabbit, so small and meek was by far the faster of the two of you.” To which the hound replied “Don’t you see the difference between us? I was only running for dinner, but he was running for his life.”

So many times I’ve tried to create that overwhelming sense of urgency to motivate me toward my goal, but it seems to last but a short time. So each day I wake up and remind myself to keep going. For the only way to assure failure is to stop trying.

Please tell me, how do you motivate yourself? What have you found to be the most successful?

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