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Wish, trust, make mistakes

Machen MacDonald

It’s time to get back on track, think big and go for achieving your dreams. My question for you is this — “Who do you imagine wins the day and experiences the achievement of their big harry audacious goals?” The answer is — those who actually have the courage to set those goals to begin with. More directly, it’s the person who is willing to take the risk of failing and go to the dark scary place that others dare not even consider.

Playing it safe rarely wins out in the world of achievement. Behind any come from behind win is a team that was playing to win versus a team that was playing not to lose. The notion of avoiding mistakes and failures at all costs and expecting to succeed is folly.

In order to achieve anything, risks must be endeavored. It’s overcoming the risk that makes the attainment so rewarding. What are the risks you have been avoiding that if you overcame them would bring you closer to living your full potential?



The biggest risks reside in our mind and not so much out on the playing field or the board room.

In the Indiana Jones movie, “The Last Crusade,” there is a scene where Indy needs to take a step of faith off a cliff onto a bridge that he can’t see. He must trust the bridge he can’t see does in fact exist so he can get to the other side to save his father. Just because he couldn’t see the bridge doesn’t mean it did not exist. In this scenario, Indy was able to leverage his courage and trust in order to try saving his father’s life. He overcame the perceived risks.




People who are scared and yet summon the courage to step into what they fear the most are often delightfully rewarded. They either hit the mark and win the prize or they don’t. Either way, those who do make the attempt build capacity and wisdom to help them navigate more effectively in the future.

Tony Robbins, who is known for achieving and contributing many great things, is also known for saying, “Success comes from good judgment. Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.”

Seek to gain as much experience as you can.

What typically prevents people from gaining experience is they perceive they have an inability to survive what others may think of them if they do blow it and fail. This is where you may wish to follow the counsel of Bernard Mannes Baruch, who said, “Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” By the way, many people mistakenly attribute this quote to Dr. Suess. It’s a mistake. So what! Let’s move on.

Take a risk. Trust you can handle whatever may come about. Learn from your mistakes. In doing so, you will experience plenty of success.

Make it up, make it fun and make it happen!

Machen P. MacDonald, CPCC, CCSC is a certified life and business coach with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley. He helps business people gain more confidence and clarity to live their ideal life. He can be reached at coach@probrilliance.com and 530-273-8000.


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