Drawing Inspirations from Your Miserable Failures
I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t mind.
Recently, the new Google Analytics code that I’ve installed on Goal Setting College gave me pretty startling statistics. I managed to configure it to remove my own clicks to the site and only then did I get a true picture of my traffic status. My first thought was “Gosh! I’ve been doing this stuff for so long and that’s how much traffic I’ve got?” I sounded like a miserable failure.
It really affected my mood for many days after. I begin to lose interest writing articles and things just got worse. Without content, visitors just aren’t going to come. Without content, you can’t draw readers to click on the nice Google text ads sprinkled all over the site. All went spiraling. Downwards, that was.
Finally deciding that enough was enough, I took out a piece of paper and started mind mapping to help me evaluate the situation. Guess what? It was a revelation! Here’s what I’ve learnt.
(1) An Outcome, not a Miserable Failure
When I was mind mapping my thoughts, I suddenly remembered listening to a Tony Robbin’s audio last year. He was sharing a story about Federal Express’ success. When Fedex first took flight, they managed to deliver only 6 packages, 4 were from the operations testing the system and 2 were from real customers.
Instead of deeming his business as a miserable failure, Fredrick W. Smith, the founder of Fedex told his sales team “Fix bayonets. We’re in the trenches now. Our dream is a reality. Let’s make it happen.” At that point of time, his mind was set. Since the company had successfully delivered 2 packages, his inspiration then was to increase the number. He interpreted his business performance as an outcome instead of a miserable failure and that propelled his subconscious to believe that his business model was working. And he drilled the same thought to his team members. Believing is seeing. When you start to believe, it will manifest through the Universe maneuvering to provide the opportunities. All you have to do is act, when it comes.
Hey, remembering this story is quite a big deal to me! If a large corporation like Fedex had undergone such low moments before and managed to turn its fortune around, what makes it more difficult for an individual like myself or anyone else to do the same? My site’s statistics may be low now but at the very least, it’s increasing and people know about it. As long as I continue to work on it, with the right SEO techniques in place, I’m sure it’ll improve.
It’s a great inspiration!
You too. Do you have a moment or a situation that you feel you’re a total miserable failure? Treat it as an outcome and think about the ways to improve. You aren’t a miserable failure unless you’ve consciously agreed you’re one.
(2) When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Gets Going
Do you know how many times Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Colonel Sanders was rejected before his now famous recipe was accepted by his first franchisee? 1009 times! Wow. Only someone with strong, and in this case, very strong belief in his product would have surmounted that kind of obstacle.
Most want to take the easy way out. That’s why so many people have succumbed to-get-rich quick schemes sprung all over the internet. But it’s also good news for people who are willing to work hard to learn the skills, master the techniques, test the methods despite all odds, because, with their attitude, chances of excelling is huge. These are the serious contenders, the 1% who make it big in arenas such as blogging, art or music.
When I thought about this, I started asking myself. Do I belong to the 1% seeking to beat the odds, challenge the crowd? Or am I part of 99% clamouring to take up space and make the 1% feel proud to have defeated?
I certainly want to be in that 1% sector. Stay the course and win the race. Yes. That’s what I’ve decided.
What about you?
I’ve to admit when I first started Goal Setting College, there were a few instances when I was inspired by personal interest. Having heard from so many internet marketers about earning a substantial income from blogging, creating websites, I was indeed taken aback when a famous personal development blogger Steve Pavlina shared the above quote. But he’s very right.
Who has the motivation to preserve and ride against all odds to constantly practice, try and create, if not for a higher cause? Look at famous inventors such as Thomas Edison or Alexander Graham Bell. Did they invent the electric light bulb and telephone respectively because they knew they could patent their products and earn big bucks from it? What about Shakespeare or Beethovan, did they write wonderful literacy works or compose great music pieces because they wanted to get royalty checks every time someone buys their books or scripts? I don’t think so. But no one can doubt the value of their contribution.
Their desire to contribute to the society must have inspired them to move beyond their personal gratification and work towards contribution. Reflecting on this, it suddenly dawned on me that as long as there is 1 reader who’s reading my site, I should continue to keep it going, to share my own personal struggles and lessons about goal setting, personal development. It may have been self elevating to compare myself with the famous inventors, writers and musicians but doesn’t anyone start from somewhere?
When you start shifting the focus from “us” to “them”, it helps to draw the pressure away from the result, giving you better control on your reality and better appreciation on the process. Next time I get a new visitor, I’ll be deeply grateful. Because it’s not just 1 more number to add on the statistics, but rather, a genuine human being that I’ve managed to reach out to.
If you’re reading this, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.