An Inspiring, Raw, and True Testimony to Overcome the Error

Nov 25, 2020

There are 3 things I love in life.

These are:
  • Goal achieving.
  • Habits.
  • Long Term.

Goal achieving: 

  • Gives sense to my life.
  • It’s my way to fulfillment, which always ends up in happiness.

Habits: 

  • They are the most powerful tool to achieve your goals.
  • It’s a matter of identity.
  • You’re nothing else but the habits you do consistently.

Long term: 

  • Gives you the peace of mind necessary to take the pressure off you.
  • To forget about your goals.
  • To be focused on the process you need to achieve them.

It’s the productivity loop I love.

As an entrepreneur for more than 20 years, I make (and continue to make) many errors. That’s why I’ve had to learn how to manage them.

It’s a matter of survival.

I love helping people tackling these situations and, in this article, I will share a real testimony that I hope is useful for you.

I always say there’s nothing better to learn from than real situations.

This testimony belongs to a person I’m helping achieve a very important goal based on healthy eating habits.

After a remarkable streak of 23 perfect days, the error came.

Here is my answer.

Good morning!

What had to come, arrived. As human beings we are, it always happens: the error.

We all commit them. We are all like that. Nobody’s perfect. Not even me 😉

Accepting errors is part of learning about life, and like everything complex, it costs, takes time, and we must learn to buy it.

We do not like to fail. We always seek perfection, what we want, what we work for with “blood, sweat, and tears”.

It’s not that it’s not easy. It’s simply impossible.

We have to learn to live with errors, imperfection, and manage what doesn’t turn out the way we want.

There are many tools that you will know, try, learn, and implement to do this. Like everything, it will take time but, sooner or later (and I am convinced it’ll be sooner than later), you will succeed.

In this case, it has taken too long to arrive. Honestly, I thought that starting from where we started, it would arrive earlier. This only highlights the spectacular dynamic that you have undertaken.

To look at data, which is what matters, and to avoid impressions, which is what never counts, you have carried out 23 days of perfection and 1 error. This ratio 1/23 means exactly 4,35% of “error”.

We are talking about a figure even admitted in industrial processes that base their operation on machines.

This is where we must assume that the error is nothing more than a mere anecdote, when we are, as we are, on a solid, clear, and forceful path, which has no room for doubt.

Looking at the trend is the key to success. If we translate this error rate into different periods, this is what we get:

  • 3 months: 4 failed days and 86 successful days.
  • 6 months: 8 failed days and 172 successful days.
  • 1 year: 16 failed days and 349 successful days.

As you can see and, as I always say, YOU ALWAYS WIN in the long term.

That’s why it’s essential to look at everything in life in the long run.

Yes, there will be better days and worse days, but, in the end, we end up with a scandalous victory over errors.

We even have to look at things from another perspective.

If we go to a 90–10 ratio, i.e., 90% success and 10% errors, the numbers are still equally incredible: we are talking about 328 successful days, which is a devastating thing to achieve any goal.

In other words, there is a 100% guarantee that the goal will be reached with this 90–10 ratio, even if we have failed the “whopping” of 37 days (5 whole weeks of errors).

This is where the error is demystified.

The numbers are always transparent, objective, precise, and realistic.

They never leave a place to the doubt.

That’s why I love them.

Yesterday’s stumble means no more than that, a mere anecdote on a successful path.

And this is how you HAVE TO and MUST see it.

Yesterday has all these positive points:

  1. “At last”, the error has arrived. The only way to work on something is to live it “at first hand” and deal with it. This is how we learn, with empirical contrast, with trial and error, with experience. This scenario will allow us to work on it because, sooner or later, it will repeat itself since, as I said before, the error is part of the human species, like eating, drinking, or sleeping. It will always be there, and the only solution to overcome it is to learn how to manage it.
  2. It will allow us to enlarge our field of vision. Going to that encouraging bird’s eye view tells us that, even if we have committed an error, we are very far from that 90–10 ratio, which even leads us to success. Here is where we must get the strength and motivation to, TODAY, get back to our habit, our goal, and continue to pursue our dreams, because nothing, absolutely nothing, has (objectively) happened.
  3. Getting out of this stumbling situation (because we will overcome it, and it’s going to be today) will allow you to work on that belief in yourself that we must work on. An error/anecdote like this is what allows us, in the field of real life, to learn how to manage our reactions to events that we don’t want, and we think we don’t deserve. It is an excellent opportunity to overcome the situation and begin another 23-days” streak” of perfection, something we must make it clear we can do because we have done it before. This is what causes the blind faith in oneself, the motivation, the use of the “negative scenario” as a lever of success in life.

So, with all of the above said, right now, I set today’s goal: TO OVERCOME YESTERDAY’S ERROR.

Focus, strength, and energy towards that unique goal, easily achievable because we are talking about doing it well JUST 1 day, when we have done it before in 23 consecutive times (that is what’s really difficult).

Today’s goal is a piece of cake since it represents 1/23, only 4.34% of the immense success we have already achieved.

Aren’t you going to be able to get 4.34% of something you’ve already done until the day before yesterday?

Your brain is fresh. Your brain already knows what your body and mind are capable of. There’s no bigger story here.

Forget about the error. Forget about tomorrow. TODAY is the focus of our energy, of your actions. It is our (little) battle. There are NO excuses. It can be done. It will be done.

Go for it!

When there’s a lot to gain and nothing to lose, that’s when you’re going to get the most out of life. It’s when we keep pursuing our dreams, our goals, what we’ve set out to do because it means so much to us, to our lives.

“An error does not become a mistake, until you refuse to correct it.”
— Orlando Aloysius Battista

An error is far from the mistake and light-years away from failure.

Failure would be 23 failed days and 1 successful day.

The opposite is only a demonstration that we are still human, even though we have achieved 23 real feats within reach of very few.

Keep moving forward, keep growing, keep evolving.

Each time you are closer to that new version of yourself that you have proposed to be.

Go for it. Let’s go for it together. We are a team.

Nothing and nobody can beat us.

The numbers are in our favor.

We know what we do, why we do it, and how we have to do it.

Doing is the easy part. Let’s make it easy.

LET’S GO TOGETHER FOR TODAY, A DAY WHEN A LOT WILL BE EARNED. THAT’S THE MOTIVATION OF THE DAY.

Takeaways

Achieving goals is not easy, but training our habits, consolidating them, and knowing how to overcome our errors, will take us that way.

Overcoming errors is something anyone can do.

My goals, your goals, almost everyone’s goals are pretty easy if we compare them to the incredible feats done by humanity.

Viewing things from that perspective allow us to believe things are achievable, viable, doable, possible.

It’s only a matter of time before we reach our destination.

Photo at the top courtesy of Jeremy Chen on Unsplash.

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