I’ve been doing some work this week on a couple of projects that I have coming up with Jump4Heroes. One of them in particular seems to be something completely new – not only have we never attempted anything like it but we don’t think anyone has ever done it either. Some people have said it can’t be done. They might be right, but we intend to prove them wrong.
I experienced this with our recent Eiger project. When I told people I would be going to the Eiger and would fly a wingsuit human flight formation from the infamous north face, some people looked at me with disbelief. Mad, insane and crazy where all words that were used. But we did it. We made it happen. Sure, it had a few ups and downs; obstacles to overcome. There were a number of issues and incidents along the way. But we knew what we had to do and we achieved our goal. We believed.
When people tell me that something can’t be done, it doesn’t deter me. In fact, it fires me up and motivates me – I want to prove them wrong. Any negativism or pessimism feeds my inspiration, any realism provides opportunities and any optimism is the icing on the cake.
I listen to those that say no. I need to understand why they think it can’t be done – there may be aspects that I have failed to consider so far. I need to know what all these areas are so that I can find ways to mitigate the risk and solutionise the problem. I need to find a way to succeed.
Finding solutions isn’t always easy. Sometimes I might fail. But, if life was easy it wouldn’t be as much fun. We conquer by overcoming challenges. We find projects that are seemingly unachievable, battle through them, break them down, understand the detail, undertake a detailed analysis, construct a training plan and overcome the obstacles. We find a way to make it happen, to achieve.
It’s all about how much you want to succeed. How much are you prepared to commit? Do you have the time, finances, resources, intellect, will power and stamina to fully invest? Are you prepared to invest all that in it? How much are you willing to give and how much do you want to succeed?
The naysayers might be right. We might fail. But it is my belief that it is better to try and fail than to live my life never having tried at all.
Question: How do you achieve your goals and ensure success?