Mark Cole: The Difference Between Average and Achieving

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Do you know people that are just a little bit better than
everyone around them? Have you ever wondered what their secret is?

It reminds me of a scene in the movie Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan, where the Tune Squad is losing
by a large margin at halftime and go into the locker room with very little hope
of winning.

In the scene, Michael Jordan is doing everything he can to
encourage the team, but it’s not working. So Bugs Bunny takes matters into his
own hands by secretly writing three game-changing words on Michael’s water
bottle: “Michael’s Secret Stuff.”

The bottle is quickly passed around for every player to
drink. And, naturally, the team goes
on to come back and win the game.

Unfortunately, a story like this is only possible in
Hollywood. There is no secret stuff
in life. Luck and good fortune are not enough to propel you above the pack.

So, what is the difference between average people and
achieving people?

John Maxwell says, “The difference between average people
and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.”

I believe this is 100% true. The way you see failure and the
way you respond to it makes all the difference.

Here’s the truth: The question of life is not if you will have problems, but how you will respond to them.

Think about it…

  • Average people blame others; achieving people
    take responsibility.
  • Average people expect never to fail again;
    achieving people know failure is a part of progress.
  • Average people are limited by past mistakes;
    achieving people take new risks.
  • Average people quit; achieving people persevere.

J. Wallace Hamilton said, “People are training for success
when they should be training for failure. Failure is far more common than
success; poverty is more prevalent than wealth; and disappointment more normal
than arrival.”

High achievers have learned how to confidently look the
prospect of failure in the eye and move forward anyway.

No one achieves success
without first going through failure.

I want to challenge you to think back on a recent setback
you experienced:

  1. Identify the specific thoughts you had about the
    setback.
  2. Try to recall your attitude towards the problem
    and how you chose to respond to it.
  3. Finally, ask yourself, “Why did I choose to
    respond that way?

No matter how difficult your problems are, the key to
overcoming them isn’t in changing your circumstances. It’s in changing yourself.

Let me say it this way: Circumstance isn’t the key to high achievement. The key is how you choose to respond to failure.

What are you waiting for? The choice is yours!

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