I have been reading the book, Go For No. What an incredibly powerful book and so very eye-opening!
I, personally, have a side-business with sales. I never thought I would see the day that I would be in sales. In fact, in the past, I turned down numerous opportunities to sell for several reasons: never thought it was “me,” never wanted to be seen as superficial (which a lot of sales’ people seem to be), and never wanted my business to get in between relationships with people.
All that changed when I joined a company that had products to help my son. Desperate mommies do desperate things so I joined just for him to get some healthy products. Over time, the business sort of found me. People heard about how these products were helping my son, and before long, I had a small team.
Recognizing my team needed a strong leader, I dove into growing as a leader so I could be what my team needed. Before long, I discovered I loved leading my team! I loved supporting my team and helping them to realize and develop their strengths.
Then, I realized that my teaching skills could be put to use in teaching people about amazing products that do help people and that they need. It became more than “selling” to people. It became about helping people, and I was able to step out of my comfort zone and personal prejudices against selling.
As I grow within my business, I am learning some very important lessons about failing and success. I am learning that failing is very much linked to our success. In fact, in order to succeed, we have to first be willing to fail.
This is so powerful that I am going to restate it:
In order to succeed, we have to first be willing to fail.
The key to success is the tenacity to never give up, to understand that you have to fail and fail many times before you succeed. This is true for us with all of our humanness.
We are going to fail, but the difference between the winners and the losers is the winners never quit.
The failings don’t define the winners. On the other hand, the “losers” allow the failings to define them. As a result, they live the life of failure instead of living the life of victory, as God intended.
Winners though understand that failings are opportunities to learn and grow, and failings are often necessary to win.
These truths are so powerful in a business, but what about in life? How many times do we give up on people, on prayer, on God’s callings for our lives because we allow the “failings” of life to define life for us — rather than allowing the life God has given to us to define the failings?
I know this can get complicated, but grace is the opportunity God gives to us to have a fresh start every day and throughout our day. It is God’s opportunity for us to get up and to quit allowing our failings to define us.
Grace is the power of God to claim the victorious life that Grace already won for us on the cross!
Don’t let your failings define you; let grace — God’s grace — define you. Grace means triumph. It means triumph over sin, our brokenness, our weakness, our failings, and our fears.