we’d prefer everything go perfectly straight from beginning to end,
our journey to success seldom turns out that way.
In fact, the
"straight" route is completely unnatural. Did you know
there are no perfectly straight lines in the universe? Everything
is energy. Energy travels in waves. Therefore "straight"
doesn’t even exist. Yet, notice how when things go a little off
course, most people get frustrated, get down, and want to give up.
So why do we
get upset when things don’t go the way we’d like them to go? Because
we have an "expectation" that is virtually impossible
The simple truth
is that the journey to success is full of twists, turns, ups, downs,
stops and reverses. By fully understanding this fact, you can now
begin or continue your journey knowing that you, like everyone else
on this planet, will have to "zig zag" your way to success!
The beauty of
this knowledge is that you won’t be deluded into having unrealistic
expectations of the "straight line to the top" syndrome.
Without these expectations chances are you won’t get as upset or
even give up, when things aren’t going your way, because you know
being off track is normal and therefore "perfect".
A good example
of what I’m talking about is man’s mission to the moon in 1969.
During that extraordinarily successful flight do you know how often
the spacecraft was actually "on course"? Believe it or
not, it was straight on path only 3 percent of the time. That means
it spent 97 percent of the time, "off course"! That also
means it spent the majority of its time, "correcting".
The same holds
true for the journey to success. Expect to spend a large amount
of your time, "correcting".
This is why
"perfectionists" have a difficult time being highly successful.
Perfectionism is a form of fear. It is usually based in the fear
of failure or the fear of disapproval. In either case, perfectionism
often leads to paralysis. Perfectionists are scared to death of
making mistakes and therefore either avoid taking action or are
The truth is,
most people are afraid to make mistakes. It’s no wonder, since many
of us grew up being embarrassed or "punished" for our
mistakes. Yet if you want to succeed, you must be willing to accept
mistakes and inefficiencies as part of the journey.
I’m sure you’ve
heard of Babe Ruth. He was known as the home run king of baseball.
What many people don’t know, however, is that he was also the "strike
our natural way of learning. They are the "feedback" we
need for correction.
Let me share
with you the Ultimate Success Formula:
TAKE ACTION, GET THE FEEDBACK, LEARN, MAKE THE CORRECTION,
TAKE MORE ACTION, ETC. Repeat this process again and again until
you reach your goal.
As long as you
continue this cycle — and NEVER GIVE UP — in
the long run, can you see how it is it virtually impossible to fail?
For the next
TWO WEEKS, adopt the attitude that correction is natural and focus
on continuously acting and correcting until you get to wherever
you want to go.
The secret to
success is to "zig zag" your way to the top. The secret
to happiness is to smile along the way.
Mistakes are how I learn.
I expect a winding road.
I never give up.
I zig zag my way to success.
For your freedom,
T. Harv Eker