What’s holding you back?
Successful people like: Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Steve Jobs, Louis “Louie” Zamperini portrayed in Unbroken, were not only creative, but also successfully happy. They all suffered major setbacks and failures, but instead of quitting and giving into their dismal circumstances, they went on to succeed. What is it that they did differently? How did their failures begat success?
Every human being at some time has felt the feelings of failure and disappointment. How we perceive these matters seem to determine the final outcome of our lives. When we talk to ourselves do we say things like? I’m not good enough. I don’t really know how. My friends and family will think I’m crazy. There isn’t enough time. I don’t have enough money. Blah, blah, blah….. Reactors generate a negative emotional conflict in the brain. The primary focus becomes inundated with the problem and not the goal. The longer it goes on the easier it is for the brain to adapt to this habit. The focus is to busy being misdirected. Without focus, the fulfillment of a dream is held hostage until the Reactor chooses to let it free, if ever. We are all capable of toxic thinking. As a man thinks, so he is. Creators tell themselves a different story. They don’t think outside of the box, they simply remove the box. For instance, take Thomas Edison. When a reporter asked him how it felt to fail 1000 times, he responded, “I didn’t fail 1000 times, I just figured out a 1000 ways not to do it.” The creator says things like:
“Let there be light and it is good.” – God “Who cares whether the glass is half empty or half full, fill it up!” __Louie Zamparini “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” __Steve Jobs “I have learned 1000 ways not to do It.” __Thomas Edison “The hard way builds solidly a foundation of confidence that can’t be swept away.”__Colonel Sanders
Creators create a vision where all things are possible. There are only opportunities to learn something new, not failure. They harness their reactions to play a secondary role to what they create. Struggles only motivate them to greatness. Although, they are no longer with us, their legacies are a blueprint to spur us all unto greatness. And to also prove that in all circumstances, success and happiness are a choice.