First things first: this is not meant to be a wake-up call. And naturally, being told your chances of succeeding are not as high as your chances of failing, may feel demoralizing.
Your chances of succeeding at any endeavor – whether it is in regards to health, career, or a relationship – always carry with them a risk of failure. And more often than not, your chances of anything other than success (not necessarily implying failure), are going to be higher. Why? On a long enough timeline, there is just too much of the unexpected to account for. There is too much outside of your control that could go wrong. And even if all of these factors line up correctly, what is to suggest your efforts would be flawless? It is just irrational to expect to avoid mistakes all the time. You are not perfect, and neither are those you look up to who are succeeding at achieving what you find desirable.
With these facts out-of-the-way, let us start looking up. This does not mean your chances of succeeding are small – regardless of what you are attempting. We are merely suggesting tempering your expectations and not getting ahead of yourself. It is better to fear the possibility of failure than being deluded by the promise of sure success.
For what reason should you succeed, anyway? There is no rule suggesting you are entitled to success. But this also means nothing is stopping you from preventing failure. In the process, you can create your success – against all the odds. Let us not forget, generally speaking, the majority of people do not succeed most of the time…
- weight loss goals are often quickly abandoned.
- Type 2 diabetes is still rampant in our society despite it being a preventable disease.
- heart disease continues to claim countless lives.
Even if some of the damage is irreversible, there is always something that can be done. But more often than not, nothing is.
With that said, there are many people out there who are succeeding even when the odds of failure are high. Sometimes, knowing this alone is enough to make one work harder because working to avoid failure is often a way of getting on the track to success.
Do not see it as being pessimistic. It is just about being logical and having a rational mindset. Do this correctly, and you will not feel demoralized. The worst is having unrealistic expectations because the wake-up call that comes with it is a tough pill to swallow.