There are many fears in he minds of man, but none so subtle, yet so
effectual, as fear of failure.
We are so afraid we’ve been unwise and wasted valuable time and it makes us
wonder how many times we’ve failed those who depended upon us, and how many times we’ve failed ourselves.
Time seems too short to make up and overcome the things long past. It
seems sometimes that opportunities are there and gone before we’ve had time to
make use of them. We condemn ourselves so much for the lack of knowledge when we
most needed it. But if decisions were made on after thought, they might not be
as wise as those made quickly, without time to think.
We should no longer think about past failures, nor give undue thought to our
chances for future ones, but only begin now to do the very best we can.
True failure comes only to those who stop trying, for no age, no time, no place
can stop the person who decides to try one more time. As Frederick William
Farra, English author, has written, “There is only one real failure in life that
is possible, and that is, not to be true to the best ones knows.”
It is written that where there is a will there’s a way. If a desire is sincere
and the results are for the good of everyone, the first giant
steps have already been taken. American clergyman Joel Hawes has been
quoted, “You may be whatever you resolve to be. Determine to be
something in the world, and you will be something – ‘I cannot’ never
accomplishes anything; ‘I will try’ has wrought wonders.”
A positive attitude can be one of the greatest joys to experience. To
begin a day by willing everything good, and meeting any obstacle with
the idea that it has no power, can make some of the most sudden and
drastic changes in anyone’s life.
To be something or someone is one of the strongest desires, but it does not mean
sacrifices of doubt and apprehension and feeling sorry for oneself. It means
standing straighter when it is more comfortable to crawl. It means thinking
positively and speaking good words.
It is said that a great deal of talent is lost in this world for the
want of a little courage. We often think of courage as the kind that
wins wars and braves new fronts. But there is another plain, ordinary
kind of courage that helps us face our everyday problems.
There is a surprising lack of this kind of courage, and it leads us to seek ways
to dodge our responsibilities. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to face
everything and everyone and take a firm stand for what we believe. It takes
courage to admit we have weaknesses and needs that we must overcome. It is a
daily fight to follow the right road when the wrong one looks so smooth. And it
takes courage to believe, when obstacles face us.
~Author: Joyce Sequiche Hifler~
Go Forward With Courage
When you are in doubt, be still, and wait;
when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage.
So long as mists envelop you, be still;
be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists
— as it surely will.
Then act with courage.
Ponca Chief White Eagle (1800’s to 1914)