- You get up.
- You consider viewpoints other than your own.
- Consider the prize. On the surface it looks shiny, new and exciting— a wonderful panacea to solve all your problems. But look deeper. Maybe it wasn’t everything you elevated it to be.
- You’re the same person you were before you tried for the prize. But now you have more experience from having gone through the process to try and achieve a goal. You are a better person for at least having the courage to try.
- Reevaluate your goals and move forward.
- Do an honest analysis of yourself. This is similar to item #2. Despite all the preparation you’ve taken to achieve a goal— there are always areas you can improve upon.
- People will always judge you. Don’t let their negative assessment shape your outlook.
About the photo: This photo was taken from my favorite antique store in downtown McKinney, TX The owners don’t mind that I take photos. But I’ve also bought chairs from them and other items. So it’s a fair trade!
Camera: Canon G11
Date: August 2013
Why this photo? I think it would be dishonest to put a pretty little bow on the post without acknowledging the disappointment of defeat. But this is part of life – and defeat makes you more resilient for the next round of challenges.