The Road to Great Achievement

By Mia Hall
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The road to great achievement is never a straight nor smooth path.

There are always hills to climb and mountains even to overcome, though when we are on the rough side of a mountain, on our way to the top, it’s hard to appreciate the journey when we are solely focused on the destination.

Dr. A.R. Bernard says “All good things are upstream…sometimes we have to go against strong currents to achieve our goals” therefore, inevitably, in all of our goals that will help us achieve a desired positive outcome, we must face resistance. Why? We need to build resilience. When exercising with resistance, our muscles break down and thereafter are repaired to help them grow stronger.

Recently, I went through some professional resistance, nonetheless, it was just what I needed in order to grow. Your last failure may have hurt, gotten you upset, come with a high cost, or caused disciplinary actions as a result, nonetheless that does not mean that there is no redemption for you and that you should give up.

Here are three ways your last failure can help you:

  1. Learn a New Lesson – though it is great if we learn from the mistakes of others so that we will not fall into traps that are common in our are of interest, this is not always the case. Failures FORCE us to take notice of something lacking in our productivity, efficiency, effectiveness, or all of the above. Make sure that whatever you observe, you apply, the evidence of true learning
  2. Gain a Different Renewed Approach to your Goal –  There is nothing like a reprimand to make you change your methods of execution. Assuming that you want to continue to pursue the area of interest or keep your job, you will be eager to find new methods and not do the same things expecting different results.
  3. Elevate your Efficiency and Effectiveness and Never Look Back – You will not be the same. If you interpret your failure as a stepping stone instead of a stumbling block, you will propel yourself upward toward greatness you never knew you could achieve. Though it may seem cliche, the notion of Michael Jordan being cut from his team and then, getting in the gym each day to make sure he would never be cut again, reflects the story of anyone who has risen to great heights in their respective industry. Your story will not end at your failure.

In every notable narrative, you will find many bumps that could have gotten the protagonist down and out, nonetheless, they studied, practiced and observed their craft until they got out of their rut and onto greatness.

What failures or setbacks do you remember that propelled you to move forward? Stay encouraged, and know that you have arisen in the past because you are still here, and you can rise again.


miaAbout the Author
Mia Hall is a sports and entertainment reporter specializing in the business of sport. She has worked with organizations such as the NBA, NY Knicks, Black Enterprise, The Basketball Channel, The High School of Sports Management, and is currently with the new Barclay’s Center. She is passionate about the youth of today and committed to nonprofits such as PowerPlay NYC, Inc. and other youth empowering organizations.