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What if you knew you couldn't fail?

What if you knew you couldn't fail?

June 21, 2009

Remember the potion in J.K. Rowling's book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in which one swig of 'Felix Felicis' and you could be unbelievably lucky for an entire day. Now imagine taking a big gulp of it.

What would you do? You can't fail. This is the time for creating gigantic, humongous, outrageous ideas.

But you know what keeps us form setting big goals like these? We think we can't do it. Now think about what you've already accomplished. Impressive isn't it? What you'll probably find is that your capacity to access the potential inside of you is hundreds of times greater than you or any of us can imagine.

Those that tap into that potential deep, down inside are what we often call extraordinary human beings. When most people are told, 'It can't be done' or they're simply told, 'no,' they simply crawl back into a hole.


Extraordinary people regroup, reconsider and if it's still a good thing, they use the rejection to spur them on to further action. For the entire history of mankind, not one was able to ever break the 4-minute mile until Roger Bannister did it in June of 1954. It was psychological barrier that permeated for centuries. Today, top runners are expected finish under 4 minutes.

Colonel Sanders tried selling his finger-licking good recipe to more than 1,009 restaurants from the back of a station wagon that he slept in until he finally found a buyer. He didn't start until he was 65. My favorite story of someone who refused to fail is a father and son team ' Team Hoyt.

Dick Hoyt pushes, pulls and carries his son, Rick, on marathons and triathlons around the world. You see, Rick suffers from Cerebral Palsy and has such limited movement that he can only communicate with eye movement.


Undeterred, the Hoyt family successfully lobbied for Rick to attend public school back in 1975, which is a monumental feat in itself. Two years later, Rick told his father he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run. Dick, who was not a runner, agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair. They finished next to last, but felt they achieved something remarkable.

That night, Dick said in an interview, 'Rick told us he just didn't feel handicapped when we were competing.' That was it. Dick decided he and Rick would become runners. Since then, 'Team Hoyt' has become a marathon phenomenon competing in 112-mile bike races and 2.4 mile swims pulling his son in a boat.

They've competed in more than 270 triathlons, 20 duathlons, and 65 marathons, including 25 Boston Marathons. And check out these times! The personal best for an Ironman Triathlon is 13:43:37 and their personal best for a marathon is 2:40:47!

So what are you so passionate about that you refuse to accept 'no' for an answer? What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?


The No Failure Option Wizard

This exercise is about transcending your limitations. It takes your passion and plays it forward.

Step 1: Write down your greatest goals and desires ' those things you would do if you knew you couldn't fail. (Don't think about money, lack of skills or anything else that may hold you back.)

Step 2: Determine what you'll miss out if you don't take action.

Step 3: What would be the impact upon your life if you were to put a goal into action now? (In what ways will you benefit?)

Step 4: What small steps could you begin to take in pursuit of your goal? (The idea is to start small and get in the habit of working towards your goal.)