Laugh The Loudest
Hold up. Aren’t my goals are a serious thing? Why are you telling me to laugh at them? We’re not. We’re saying to laugh WITH yourself along the way.
“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin
A major roadblock to success is taking things way too freaking seriously. Why? Because if you don’t let a little bit of laughter in, it makes the job you’re undertaking that much more difficult. If you know you’re going to fail, you may as well be prepared with a buffer against the unuseful feelings that will well up when you do. The goal is not laughable, but our bungled attempts to reach it, our grandiose and often unrealistic expectations, those certainly are (at least in hindsight).
You mean you didn’t succeed the first time? Or the tenth? Join the club (or in this case, the tribe). Just where were you thinking the “earn” part of “Earn Yours” would come into play? Perhaps you had to grimace and claw your way to each attempt…but that’s the easy part. What’s tougher is staring the failure straight in its ugly face and letting out a huge, honking, guffaw.
Frustration, Inadequacy. Embarrassment. All emotions you may encounter along the path. And all worth it if, in the end, you get to have the last laugh. Keeping your sites focused on the bigger, better picture of where you’re headed allows you to drive a silver stake of laughter into the soul sucking vampire of seriousness.