Rising from the clay

Og Mandino writes, “Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold.  The height of my goals will not hold me in awe though I may stumble often before they are reached.  If I stumble I will rise and my falls will not concern me for all men must stumble often to reach the hearth.  Only a worm is free from the worry of stumbling.  I am not a worm.  I am a man.  Let others build a cave with their clay.  I will build a castle with mine.”

“Let others build a cave with their clay.  I will build a castle with mine.”  I love these two sentences!  It truly envisions a life beyond failure or discouragement. 

I was listening to a recording by David T. Blanchard on Og Mandino’s writings this morning and I was struck with the image of so many people mired in the muck of their failures and shortcomings.  Business owners and entrepreneurs are not immune.  We may keeping moving, apparently forward, but internally we go round and round with the “shoulda, coulda, woulda” messages in our minds.  This cycle of self-sabotage can be stopped.  Recognizing the negative chatter and reframing it takes effort — but the rewards are huge!  Freedom! Success!  Peace! You will finally allow yourself to enjoy your successes because you will feel your internal world and your external persona are beginning to match.  You will have silenced the voice that calls you a fraud, look in the mirror and like who you see.  You will reach out for your goals and believe they are attainable.

Does this sound reasonable — or is it a stretch for you?