I just came across an old poem from Ralph Waldo Emerson that really struck a chord with me today.
You see, I've just come back from vacation in Thailand to lots and lots of emails from my readers and from the members of the Magic Hundred Community telling me that they feel like they often let themselves down.
That they don't always achieve the goals they set for themselves.
That they made 'silly mistakes' that they should have known better than to fall for.
Well, you know what?
EVERYONE feels this way from time to time.
EVERYONE has days when they haven't accomplished what they set out to accomplish.
EVERYONE messes up.
But how we handle these days determines what they mean to our 'big picure' goals in life.
The unsuccessful person and the successful one handle them VERY differently.
The unsuccessful person dwells on the shoulda, woulda, coulda...
The unsuccessful person blames themself, punishes themself and brands themself a fool.
The unsuccessful person makes the experience a negative one.
But those destined for success do things very differently.
The successful people don't dwell on things, they learn and move on.
The successful people don't berate themselves, punish themselves or lay blame. They take responsibility but not blame.
The successful people know that shoulda, coulda woulda is in the past and unchangeable; they focus on 'next time I will...' and put their energies to the present and the future.
The successful people make the experience positive by labelling it 'learning'.
See, it's not difficult to go from failure to success is it?
Just change what your experiences mean to you... and EVERYTHING changes!
Read Emerson's poem below...
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities
no doubt have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with
your old nonsense.
This day is all that is
good and fair.
It is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on yesterdays
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