I just listened to a fantastic CD from Chuck Goetchel about taking responsibility. I will not rehash the entire CD, but one point stuck with me. He makes a point that a lot of people in their desire for success will not try because they are afraid what others may think of them if they fail. He goes on to explain that our failures do not define who we are as people. We are human beings, not human doings. God created man unique in all of his creation, in the sense that we are the only creatures that have the intelligence to learn from experience, adapt to the changing environment, create tools to aid our development, document and share information, and finally assist others in making better decisions. It is sad that today many people have relegated themselves to living by instinct, as opposed to exercising their God given ability to learn by trial and error. We get so afraid of failing that we take the safe instinctive way to work for 50 years knowing that story has a bad ending. We refuse to challenge areas in our lives that are broken because we are afraid of the work associated with the change. In our businesses we may not call certain people because of what they may think, we may not promote our association because we would not want people to know that we attend those type of meetings.
One of the requirements of reward is risk, and success will only come to those that earn it by stretching and growing. As we enter this new phase of our journey, Team let me be they first to congratulate each of you for still being in the game! Now it is time to start being who God created you to be. Stop worrying about failing and try… Only then will your greatness be truly revealed, and only then will you see yourself as you are and not what you do.