A Lesson on Success and Defeat

I know that most of us don’t like being defeated in any way in life, but sometimes that defeat is just what we need to grow. Now I know that it’s not easy to accept failure, but it’s just a part of life. If you never fail at something every once in a while you will never learn that failure is actually necessary. It is necessary to be able to find your purpose in life. I understand that this might not make any sense at the moment, but I’m sure that eventually, it will make sense to you. Failure is not something that is easy to accept. Even if you work really hard for something that you think you deserve, you’re going to have to lose at least once. It’s in those moments that you learn the most about yourself and your abilities.

Failure is not something that is easy to accept even if you work really hard for something that you think you deserve, you’re going to have to lose at least once. The reason is because it’s in those moments that you learn the most about yourself and your abilities.

I have to be completely honest with you. I don’t like a failure or defeat especially when it comes to following my dreams. To make this actually make sense, I’m going clear back to Colorado FFA State Convention and interviews for a Colorado FFA State Office last year. During that week I was looking forward to the possibility of serving the Colorado FFA Association and its members. Sadly that didn’t happen and that’s okay because I got the opportunity to learn from that feeling of defeat. Through this, I found my purpose in life. I figured out what I actually wanted to go to college for in the end. So if that doesn’t make you think that defeat is a part of your journey, then I don’t know what else I can tell you.

But success is the fun part of the journey even though it takes a whole lot more work. “Success isn’t built overnight and it isn’t measured in dollars. Success is something you develop over time and is measured by the people in your life you’ve impacted. Success should be something that makes you happy because, in the end, that happiness will make the success worth while. Obstacles can be a metaphorical mountain. Each mountain you climb gives you more experiences.Don’t stop the climb because the view is beautiful at the top I understand that mountains are hard to climb and overcome but you just have to keep pushing forward because if you don’t push yourself then you will end up in the valley even though sometimes we don’t really expect to see a beautiful view at the end of our mountain on the mountain top is where you truly find yourself because every single obstacle we face can either leave us in the valley or we can choose to keep pushing through our challenges and find ourselves in a beautiful spot on the mountain now I understand that every mountain isn’t always beautiful but you can make the mountain your on beautiful by accepting the challenge because running away from the obstacle can make you lose your direction and then you end up where you didn’t want to be”

“Your power isn’t always found in your strength it’s found in your weakness because your weakness are a part of your story and your weakness can be used to find your strength even in your weakest moments when you feel inadequate just remember this your weakness leads you to your strengths”.

Not everything is always easy and simple to overcome. Most of the time it takes time but it’s worth the fight, because without fighting the barriers that try and hold you back from reaching your full potential.  This may actually alter us from doing everything we could do. Sometimes it’s not the obstacles that hold us back, it’s our mindset. Our mindset sometimes tells us that when we have the fear of failure and rejection inside our head, we’re not going to get very far. We have to start small and build up to our true potential. Don’t stop believing in yourself just because someone doesn’t think you’re capable of achieving your goals and dreams. If you don’t thrive during the journey you will never know what lies ahead of you. During the journey and you have to find joy in the journey of your life and be who you want to be.

Don’t live your whole life inside the box of your comfort zone. Take a step out of the comfort zone and then you will find your purpose and calling in this life. We can’t just be extraordinary people. We have to choose to be our extra awesome, astounding, authentic selves. We can try just be ordinary and status quo or we can choose to respond to our calling and be authentic and humble. The choice is yours so who do you want to be? Just ordinary, or are you going to choose to be the leader you was born to be. You choose to be whichever one you want to be.  Do you want to be the kind of a leader that makes a difference? If so, don’t forget, to be honest and fair in the game of life, don’t let any fear hold you back from reaching your full potential.

If you let your fear hold you back from discovering your purpose, and then you will be living a life that is less than what you expected. The problem with that is that you let the fear of the unknown have control over your journey, and we can’t find joy in the journey of a life filled with fear and regret so step inside of the fire of your potential because life is not tried it merely survived if you’re standing outside the fire.” Sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down. When you are on top, it is important to stay humble. When you’re sad, it’s important to stay hopeful.

If you let your fear hold you back from discovering your purpose, and then you will be living a life that is less than what you expected. The problem with that is that you let the fear of the unknown have control over your journey, and we can’t find joy in the journey of a life filled with fear and regret so, step inside of the fire of your potential. Life is not tried, it is merely survived. If you’re standing outside the fire. Sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down. When you are on top, it is important to stay humble. When you’re sad, it’s important to stay hopeful.

In the real world, it doesn’t matter who you are you are never entitled. Victory is a product of the fight. Know that what you are going through what every successful person has gone through in the history of all mankind, you may not understand. This struggle is a beautiful sign that you are in the midst of what separates great from average. The world sees struggle and hardships as a time to pack it all up and walk away, but let me tell you something you can’t make anything happen without moving Forward in the face of adversity.

We all have our bad days and our good days, but the things that test us are not meant to break us. They are meant to rebuild us. It can make us stronger than we were before. At the same time somethings are meant to test us, so that we can experience the joy of growing through the storms. We didn’t give up and from what others thought would break us. It is actually what we grew from, never underestimate the power of the impossible. Nothing is ever impossible unless you believe that it is impossible.

For you to accomplish, never lose hope in yourself and never be satisfied with defeat. Always work towards the thing that people think is impossible for you to accomplish, and leave an everlasting impact on somebody’s life.You never know who you could be inspiring. Never give up on yourself because every single obstacle we face can either leave us in the valley or we can work on climbing up the mountain.  It’s your choice you can make the mountain your own or you can live inside of your comfort zone. Believe me when I say that there is no true achievement found inside your comfort zone. Everything you will accomplish is either inside of the realm of your comfort zone or it’s way outside of your comfort zone. The further you step outside of your comfort zone the easier it gets to go through the storms of this life.

Hayleigh Smith
Everything Agriculture Writer
“So God made an Owl”
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