When you have setbacks or fall short of a goal, it is essential that you get back in the saddle, like a cowboy bucked from his horse. There will be points in your journey where you will undoubtedly fail; you will not get those 150 push-ups a day that you have committed to or finish the goal you set out to achieve. It’s okay. Just realize that you have missed your target and re-commit to your end goal. You got this; you can reach your desires, you can master your agenda, and you can accomplish your objective.
I understand, first hand, the difficulty of starting again. You feel ashamed, and want to hide it away. You get lazy and lose motivation to try again. You feel defeated and lack the will to strive for the win. Sometimes, all it takes is just taking one single, solitary action to get you moving. A baby step, but a step nonetheless and you are back in motion.
We lead by example, and as leaders, we should be willing to share our failures as much as we are eager to share our victories. It doesn’t matter how many times it takes us to get there, all that matters is that fact that we got back into the saddle and committed to reaching success. Take Thomas Edison for example; it took him over 3,000 tries to efficiently create a viable light bulb to be distributed to the masses. It is tenacity like this which makes people successful. So, as Robert T. Bennett wrote, “Difficulties and adversities viciously force all their might on us and cause us to fall apart, but they are necessary elements of individual growth and reveal our true potential. We have got to endure and overcome them, and move forward. Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.”
In conclusion, when like me you stumble, pick your self up, knock the dust off, face your fear (guilt, stubbornness, laziness), and get back into that saddle. You’ll be glad you did.