Just because we can get behind the wheel of a car built to go 200mph, doesn’t mean we should drive that fast. Same for riding horses: While we may wear a cowboy hat…this doesn’t mean we should jump hurdles unless we have been adequately trained.

What we can do and what is prudent to do may be two different things. Knowing the difference is maturity which can come at any age…and is also a synonym for adulthood or the state of being fully developed in mind and body as a person.

Now, this is not to say we shouldn’t race in the Indy 500 or The Kentucky Derby! However, to do either, or anything else we desire, we need to study & prepare, understand the risks and be willing to fail in our endeavor.

But on that note…Let’s remember: Failure is not the same as defeat. I’ve failed many times. So have you. We all have! Failed in relationships, controlling tempers, business, healthy diet choices, exercise…the list is long and personal.

Yet, as long as we haven’t allowed these failures to defeat us, we’ve grown. We’ve dusted off…and tried again. Frankly in many ways, we’ve won the race and earned our place in the Winner’s Circle of Life. It’s time to notice achievements –of which you have many– and enjoy a bit of a victory celebration!  Don’t wait… Rejoice in your life triumphs to date. Count them. Don’t linger on the failures, except to find the lesson and confirm your strength. Acknowledge your achievements. Honor who you are…and who you’ve become as a result of rising up after getting bucked.

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