During the most recent winter Olympic Games, there were several billboards posted along the highway promoting our USA athletes. I found one of them to be particularly interesting. “Beware the underdogs. We believe that every setback comes with a chance to come back.” This statement has fascinating parallels to our lives and our careers.
While not every situation is one where you might be considered an “underdog,” life is filled with situations where we face setbacks. Our achievement is directly linked to how we handle those moments. How we react to setbacks can change the course of our future.
If something doesn’t go the way we had hoped, do we run the other way, make excuses or give up?
Do we take responsibility for the setback, learn from it, and focus on what we need to do next to achieve our goals?
Your answer to the two questions above will define you… are you an achiever or a quitter? Are you a winner or a loser? Are you able to embrace failure or do you let it own you, do you stare fear of what’s next in the face or do you let your fear of another setback hold you back?
To achieve great things, think of yourself as an underdog. Move boldly in the direction of your goals as though you could not fail. Look at each setback as just one more opportunity to get it right. Your comeback is just around the corner.
To reach a high level of achievement there are a lot of things you need to focus on as it relates to your own attitude, your ability to harness fear, your persistence to not give up, and your capacity for bouncing back from failure. However, there is one often overlooked characteristic of high achievers, and that is the people who you hang around and invite as your friends.
This one factor can make or break the achievement of your goals.
Perhaps you are someone who desires to grow your career or make a lot of money. Maybe you hope to be famous or become the absolute best in a particular field. Suppose you want to make a significant difference through helping others. Nothing can hold you back more than the attitudes and behaviors of those around you.
Over the years I have learned that if you really want something, find others who share your beliefs, attitudes and interests and keep them close. Find the eagles in your interest area and fly with them. Don’t scratch with the chickens.
Get rid of the naysayers in your life. Find friends who are successful or share your views on success.
Those with poor attitudes who never aspire to improve their own situations will certainly not fill your mind with the type of support and encouragement that will help you achieve your own goals. In fact, their behavior and attitudes will rub off on you. They will destroy your mind, and kill your energy.
We have all likely heard the phrase “you are who your friends are.” Believe it. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accelerate your own success by surrounding yourself with the right people.