You know what it’s like when you are trying to make some kind of personal change for the better, I’m currently working on thinking more positively, and it just doesn’t seem to work. I know what to do. I know how to do it. Alas, perfect positivity seems way out of reach. Even writing this, I realise, can be construed as a negative little moan!
But you can’t quit just because you had a hiccup. You catch yourself and start over. I mean, can you imagine if everyone who went on a diet to lose some weight gave up after eating just one bun? Or those trying to stop smoking gave in to a sneaky ciggie after a meal and then smoked the whole pack? What if Edison had said after his first experiment had gone wrong, ‘I’ll stop inventing now’, would we still remember him as the inventor of the first lasting, mass produced light bulb and father of electricity? He had many businesses and ideas over the years, some of which worked and some failed, but he carried on regardless.
Some people don’t even try. They give up before even making a start – ‘I’ll never lose weight, so there’s no point in going on a diet!’ “I’ll never give up alcohol, it’s too hard.” Unless they can do it perfectly and successfully at the very first attempt, why bother?
Harland David Sanders couldn’t sell his chicken recipe. It’s reported that more than a thousand restaurants rejected him before one finally gave him a break and now there are KFCs all over the world. Marilyn Monroe’s first contract with Columbia Pictures expired because they told her she wasn’t pretty or talented enough to be an actress. She kept going and became one of the all time great movie icons. Albert Einstein apparently didn’t speak until the age of four and didn’t read until seven. His teachers labelled him as “slow” and “mentally handicapped”. Now you can’t visit any social networking site without seeing some morsel of wisdom attributed him. Even the Beatles were turned down at first!
The thing they all have in common is they tried, they failed, they tried again. They kept doing it. It was another of those famous thinkers Lao Tzu who said that each journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Whether you want to become an actor, inventor, entrepreneur, slimmer, smoke-free, more positive, it is possible, if you carry on regardless.
That’s me ending on a positive note!
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