Maceo Keeling - SCORE Member, Business Owner and Consultant. Photo: Urban News

Welcome to Your Future…NOW!

Maceo Keeling - SCORE Member, Business Owner and Consultant. Photo: Urban News
Maceo Keeling – SCORE Member, Business Owner and Consultant. Photo: Urban News
By Maceo Keeling –

If last year was uneventful and you had no major gains or positive impacts in your life, it’s most likely because you didn’t do much!

And if you do the same thing (not much) in 2019, you’ll probably get the same result.

You must ask yourself, “What can I do to prevent this downward slope and make this new year better?”

First, look back at 2018 and ask yourself: “Did I make some missteps along the way?” If you honestly admit that you need to try something new or different, you’re taking a first step in the right direction. The worst-case scenario is that what you tried doesn’t work, and the benefit of that is that you can learn from the experience. As Winston Churchill once said: “Success is not final, and failure is not fatal.”

In golf it’s called a “do over,” or a Mulligan. In life, it’s a second chance, one that often leads to success. Albert Einstein’s numerous mistakes on the Theory of Relativity led him to a notion that mass can be converted to energy. Thomas Edison tried dozens of different materials and designs for his lightbulb, before one came on … and stayed on. And if it were not for a dirty laboratory, penicillin would have never been discovered!

“Mistakes are the portal to discovery.” ~ James Joyce

Google the words “brilliant mistakes” and you’ll be surprised at what you will find. As the great Irish novelist and poet James Joyce said on the value of learning: “Mistakes are the portal to discovery.”

Take time to explore something new. If things don’t work out, go back to the drawing board, knowing what you’ve learned from the experience moves you closer to your goal. Here are a few encouraging tips to keep in mind, which I call the 4-P’s: “Pray” it up; “Prepare” to receive your blessing; “Produce” and work the plan; and “Prosper” in faith.

Welcome to 2019. I look forward to seeing you at my local speaking engagements.

Remember: You don’t have to be great when you start but you do have to start to become great!

 


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