Zig Said Chuck Said This…

“Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than success, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…We are in charge of our attitudes.”

— Charles Swindoll, quoted in “Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar”.

Failure — That Dreaded Word!

I was reminded today how much failure can hurt.  After a week of workshops and a weekend of study, expectations for the final exam were high.  The coveted prize was a certificate and a valuable credential for one young adult’s budding resumé.

Instead, the goal was out of reach this time around proving once again that even when we work hard and play by the rules, we sometimes fall short of our goals.  But, I have good news from  John C. Maxwell, who reminds us that failure precedes success and that failure is temporary.  “The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying”.  The following words of the late Zig Ziglar also come to mind…

“Failure is an event, never a person; an attitude, not an outcome.”

Zig was also fond of saying, “Happiness is not pleasure; happiness is victory!”

It is my hope that my young friend’s temporary setback will produce the determination she needs to try again and discover that the happiness that comes from victory is within her grasp.  I know she can, I pray she will.