Motivation: Give it Your Best Shot!

Listen up! You’re meant to do great work in the world. I believe it. You have great abilities that can serve others and help make the world a better place.

But doing anything significant requires that you “put yourself out there” and take some risks. This can be frightening; you may fail and make a fool out of yourself. There are no guarantees that it’s going to work.

Wayne Gretzky, the great hockey player, who, during his career in the NHL, scored 894 goals, said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” If you don’t shoot on net, you’ve already lost (failed). If you take shots on net, although there’s a good chance that you might miss or that your shot might get stopped by “opposition” (in fact, the odds are against you), you at least have a chance to score.

No shot, no goal. It’s that simple.

Here’s the deal. You fail 100% of the project you refuse to start. The tragedy is that, deep down, you know there are projects you must start, dreams you must pursue.

If you take a risk, you have a shot at succeeding. If you aim at your goal and give it your best shot, well, you might just score.

Don’t wait for guarantees; there are none. The only guarantee is that, if you don’t begin, you won’t arrive. Oh yes, there’s another guarantee: you won’t live forever. God gifted you with a sliver of time to make a difference, and you must give it your best shot. This is it. Don’t miss your moment.

You’ve been asking yourself, “What if I fail?”, when you should be asking yourself, “What if I succeed?”, and dare to take a shot on net.

But for the sake of it, let’s answer the question, “What if I fail?” Well, if you fail, you can glean wisdom from the experience and leverage that experience to make your next “shot” better. You can learn: learn what doesn’t work. You can grow: learn what you need to change.

It true that failure doesn’t feel good, and often causes us to doubt ourselves: “Do I have what it takes?” “Am I capable of rising to the challenge?” But seen in the right light, failure isn’t to be feared; it works in our favor.

Failure helped us learn how to walk, talk, write, read, skate, shoot the basketball, hit the baseball, … And even with years of experience, we still fall, stutter, make spelling and grammar mistakes, stumble on our words when reading… This doesn’t stop you from walking, talking, writing, reading… Failure doesn’t have to stop you from “doing”.

Failure is not final. Quitting “the game” is. Becoming complacent is. Settling for mediocrity is. Giving up the fight against procrastination is.

Losing a game doesn’t mean the season is over. Missing a shot doesn’t mean you have to hang your skates.

Your time to hang your skates will come, but not now. In fact, you won’t even see your skates being hanged; you’ll be gone. In the meantime, play the game. Play hard. Give it your best shot!

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.