success is not forever and failure isn’t fatal

Donshula We've all heard the adage "You win some. You lose some." but how often do we allow wins and losses in business to define us?  You have a big sale or close a big deal and you're the office hero. You lose a big client or blow a deal, you're the office schmuck, right?  In business (and in life) it often seems that the highs can be really high and the lows, really low.

If this resonates for you then take heed from football coaching great Don Shula when he says:

"Success is not forever and failure isn't fatal."

Coach Shula had a great rule which I think can serve anyone well.  It was called "the 24-hour rule".  He allowed himself, his coaches and his players a maximum of twenty four hours after a football game to celebrate a victory or bemoan a defeat.  That's it.  During that time they were encouraged to experience the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat as deeply as possible but once the twenty-four hours passed, they put it behind them and focused their energies on prepping for the next opponent.

Now that's a principal well worth noting AND applying.

Don't waste time getting a big head when you win or getting too down in the dumps when you lose.  Keep things in perspective. What's done is done.  Focus instead on applying the strategies, tactics and/or principals that will either give you the "win" the next time or keep the winning streak going. 

Remember success is not forever and failure isn't fatal.

You were born to be great.

YES, you can!


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