Have you ever given up on a dream or goal because of your perceived failure?
Most of us have. The question this quote brings up for me is, what if?
What if I’d taken one more step?
What if I went about it a different way?
What if I tried this, instead of that?
I’ve known about my life’s purpose and my deep passion to inspire, motivate, and lead people to live better lives since I was 22 years old. As I stepped out into living my passion, I would experience a failure, stop everything, and go back to replicating the patterns I was taught. That “a man gets a job, supports a family and hopefully lives long enough to enjoy some retirement”.
Always the student, sometime later I’d muster the courage to try again. I would hit another perceived failure and march right on back to the expectations I was taught. It was literally painful to have such a mighty passion for something and it feels so far away from possibility. Maybe you feel like that too?
This went on and on in my life, until one day, through a series of events that involved pleading with God to remove this passion and place anything else in its place, and I would follow it with all my heart and soul. Soon after that cool painful October evening, I came to a place of opportunity to start working with a life coach. That started me taking action after action regardless of the outcome. It became about the progress, not the outcome.
I started utilizing failure as stepping stones to show me a better way. I started falling forward.
In every area of my life, I started taking action and failing forward. I did so through multiple empowerment coaching certifications, into founding IFGT Life Coaching, authoring Life’s Lessons, leading hundreds of clients, personally and professionally into experiencing life-changing transformation in all areas of their lives. I failed forward in resigning from Corporate America, into moving to the mountains of South Carolina. Into keynote speaking and building powerful programs that literally change lives.
My point to all this is to use your failures as teachers to show you the path to achieve your greatest, your goals and your dreams. You cannot fail as long as you continue showing up! That is the reason I named my company, IFGT Life Coaching. The IFGT stands for It’s Freaking Go Time! Let this be your freaking go time in all you undertake this month!
Remember, Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for lacking creativity and not having any original ideas…Think if he gave up.
What you bring to this world is vital and has the potential to have just a huge impact. Maybe even larger!
Article written for Coaches Corner, The Magic Happens Magazine, July 2020 Edition