Is failure an option for you?

Confucius says, "Failure is not an option."

The RANGER Creed says, "Never shall I fail my comrades."

We all go through different paths of learning.  If you have known me for a few minutes you are able to make quick correlations to whom I identify with.  I cannot say these are the people that created my spirit (my essence), for that I received as a divine gift, but they are the people who have been placed in my path to help me further develop.  They are the people who continue to encourage me to learn about myself.  Who are your teachers?  Your mentors?

Needless to say, failure is NOT an option for me.  Everyday I will wake up striving to be a better than I was the day before.  I will do that for myself, my family, my friends and my comrades.  My days, much as yours, will continue to be full of stumbles, hitches, glitches and hurdles.  Yet, we will overcome as long as we continue to think, reflect, lead and not allow failure to be an option.

"The superior man understands what is right, the inferior man understands what will sell." 
- Confucius. 

In my life, the "news" is pretty much on mute.  It seems to me that most "news" programs are trying to sell you something.  Often is what an executive understands will sell. Hearing and seeing our world through the camera lens or microphone of someone else is not necessarily the truth, fact nor is it right.

From the time I can remember I have been weary of large group mentality and big government.  It was not until I reached my 30s (the years of enlightenment, right?  Hahaha....that was a joke) that I was able to put words around my belief system...the same system that guided me as child.  Words like self cultivation, skilled judgement, discernment and reciprocity.

From the time I can remember I defied the 'rules'.  I have typically gone against societal norm.  I have never been a fan of the "do as I say not as I do" mentality.  I have not emulated family members nor people of influence.  Folks throughout my life have always said, "She marches to the beat of her own drummer."

I am still trying to figure out where I derive all my thought patterns, but I believe more and more that the derivative may be inexplicable.  I was attracted to the church many years ago.  I studied independently as no one carried me to the church nor was there teaching in my household.  However, I do not profess to be a religious person.  Spiritually led, influenced and guided, yes.  Religious, no.

Regardless, failure not being an option is a big part of my everyday life.  It drives me.  Hence I believe my connection to the term, 'one hundred percent and then some'. Now, I do not classify success as wealth, abundance and prosperity.  I am still trying to figure out what ultimate success is.  This is where I have to rely on reflection, faith and spirituality -- it is a daily journey. Right now success for me is peace, making others stronger, making contributions to the future, leading efforts and people as well as following efforts and people, learning about myself each day, never giving up, remaining hopeful and choosing the encouragement of thoughts over rules.

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential...these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence."  -- Confucius

It seems to me that folks overlook the simple things in life which always deal with self improvement rather than improving others (rules, policy, governance).  What is success to you?

I leave you with this.....

"If I am walking with two men, each of them will serve as my teacher.  I will pick out good points on the one and emulate them, and the bad points of  the other and correct them in myself."  -- (you got it) Confucius

Peace to you as we cross over into this new year.  May the year hold many successes for you and it is my hope that failure is not an option for you.