To dream the impossible dream. To fight the unbeatable foe. To bear with unbearable sorrow. To run where the brave dare not go…
My friend, is there a dream that you would like to fulfill in your life but always felt it is impossible to do so?
Born into a poor family and suffering a birth defect, Sylvester Stallone grew up harboring an ambition to become a world-famous movie star. He wanted to become an inspiration to others through his movies. Yet, Sylvester’s road to success had been marked by a series of obstacles. As he approached numerous movie firms for auditions, he was rejected again and again since nobody believed he could fit the bill of a successful actor. Nonetheless, Sylvester refused to give up.
Eventually, it was after enduring a couple of setbacks before Sylvester achieved the ultimate breakthrough in his career. He found someone who saw potential in his movie script. His movie “Rocky” became a worldwide phenomenon. And the rest is history.
Have your Rocky moment when you finally reach your impossible dream.
As the great author and guru of personal development field Napoleon Hill once said, “Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit.”
Winners Never Quit
In fact, the only time when you fail is when you quit. Quitters never win; winners never quit. While most people who desire success try to avoid failure at all costs, achievers understand that failures are inevitable at times. Unlike ordinary people, achievers tend to turn their pain into gain as they constantly seek out the ‘positive value’ of each failure they encounter. As the NLP Presupposition states, “always turn failure into feedback.”
Col Sanders is a testament that you are never too old to live your dreams.
At age 65, Colonel Sanders was broke and had just received his first social security cheque. Then, he made a decision that was going to change his life forever! Colonel Sanders decided to leave his home and comfort zone in Kentucky and traveled to many states in the US to promote his chicken recipe.
As he approached restaurant after restaurant, he tried to persuade restaurant owners to try his chicken recipe and was even willing to give it to them for free. What he wanted in return was for the restaurant owners to pay him a small percentage on the pieces of chicken sold.
Although what Colonel Sanders got was rejection after rejection, he refused to give up. He was certain that his breakthrough was coming soon!
Then, at his 1009th attempt, Colonel Sanders finally got his first “Yes”. With that one success, he was gradually able to change the eating habits of the whole world with Kentucky Fried Chicken, popularly known as KFC.
So what about you? Have you been struggling to achieve the success you so desire in your life? How many times are you willing to try before you give up? Remember that the only time you fail is the time when you give up.
Be a true NLP Practitioner like Sylvester Stallone and Colonel Sanders. Continue to dream the impossible dream!