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.