Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Falling Isn’t Failing … Unless You Fail to Get Up

Falling Isn't Failing Unless You Fail To Get Up - Earl Nightingale

(An excerpt from the bestseller How to Completely Change Your Life in 30 Seconds,
based on talks by Earl Nightingale

Falling Isn’t Failing … Unless You Fail to Get Up

For those who have tried repeatedly to break a habit of some kind, only to repeatedly fail, Mary Pickford said, Falling is not failing, unless you fail to get up. Most people who finally win the battle over a habit they have wanted to change have done so only after repeated failures. And it’s the same with most things.

The breaking of a longtime habit does seem like the end of the road at the time – the complete cessation of enjoyment. Suddenly dropping the habit so fills our minds with the desire for the old habitual way that, for a while, it seems there will no longer be any peace, any sort of enjoyment. But that’s not true. New habits form in a surprisingly short time, and a whole new world opens up to us.

So, if you’ve been trying to start in a new direction, you might do well to remember the advice of Mary Pickford: breaking an old habit isn’t the end of the road; it’s just a bend in the road. And falling isn’t failing, unless you don’t get up.

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