3 Steps to Failure
By: Justin Wegner

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What a title, right? I don’t know about you but it seems lately that all I keep running into are brick walls. Figuratively. If I was doing that literally, I don’t know if I would have such a clear head. The word “failure” keeps creeping up into my mind, like the dooming election we have coming up. Not that I don’t look forward to either, it’s just something that I hope the outcome is what I want it to be. I’d like to share with you what I have found to be the sure fire way to failure. They can easily be applied to anything in life. Spoiler alert: I am using the reverse psychology approach in hopes you’ll identify these negative traits quicker, like I am continually trying to.

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Step 1. Just stop trying

Yep, believe it or not everyone around you, if not careful, would rather be able to tell you I told you so. Whether that’s bad or not, depends on the person and situation. Here lately it seems like I keep getting more and more down about things in life. Not just hunting or the lack-there-of this year, but all aspects in life. Wife and I just had our 2nd child, and let me tell you – jumping from 1 kids to 2 has been the biggest test of our marriage. Neither of us are going anywhere but you can certainly tell the long nights can seem to drag on into long days. If one kid isn’t crying it’s the other. All these situations have led to a multitude of feelings and 1 of them is to “stop trying”. Why do I keep trying to build something from the ground up? Why do I want to review hunting products? Why even spend countless, literally countless hours of improvement for the site and all marketing campaigns? The common denominator I could come up with was I was looking for an excuse to stop trying. That simply can’t happen. If you’ve set out to do something and start to feel any of these? STOP that negative thinking immediately. START reaching out to those that could help, and start praying. Whatever you do, don’t stop trying. Keep at it. Simple words, harder actions. Trust me, I know.

Step 2. Stop praying

If there’s one thing that I have been guilty of, is not praying enough. I am quick to let my tongue and mind go. Well here recently I am proud to report, this step is getting easier to recognize and correct. I have noticed that when the thoughts from step 1 “Just stop trying”, creep in – that’s my queue to start praying. Don’t feel like your prayer has to be some valedictorian speech. I have found that often times it’s the simpler ones that help me through the hardest of times. The 2nd quickest way, not by much, to failure is to “stop praying”. You want to keep trying and pray the whole time.

Step 3. Keep doing steps 1 and 2.

Hard to believe there’s not more for step 3, huh? That’s what I thought but when I sat down to write this, I was thinking things usually come in 3 easy steps. While there’s others that could be listed, and other readers might chime in, I think, in the beginning, step 3 should be to focus hard on overcoming steps 1 and 2.

I hope this helps 1 person. If it does that, then I would be happy. Just writing these words down, has helped me. With the hectic life we’ve had around this household, failure has been at the forefront of my mind lately. That has to change, and that begins with me. Not with someone else first, but with you first. Feel free to write a comment on this post, and let me know if it’s helped you.

 

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Justin

Wegner

A natural outdoorsman with over 20 years of hunting under his belt. More From Justin