I recently found myself in a sticky situation where I was trying to get something I wanted, but the scenario wasn't exactly working out the way I envisioned. As the circumstances started to spiral downward, my energy began to bottom out and my emotions were getting the best of me. Even though I was still physically present, I could feel myself mentally giving up on the entire thing. The confidence that I walked in with began to take a backseat to doubt - never an ideal position to be in when you're trying to make something happen.
Somehow, amid my wavering intentions a thought bubbled up from the back of my mind: "You don't need to let your emotions get the best of you...they are an illusion. Keep trying, move forward, attempt a different tactic - if you don't keep trying, you'll never know."
I didn't want to walk away from this scenario thinking I could have done more or that I didn't try hard enough. I had the distinct feeling that the entire thing was fucked, but I needed to know for sure. I put my emotions to the side, rallied up some enthuisiasm and took another stab at it.
The situation didn't work out. That's okay, because I'm proud of myself for going for it in the first place - but I'm even more pleased that in the face of hopelessness, I was able to inspire a renewed spirit in myself and move beyond my negative emotions. It reminds me of one of my favorite words: pluck - strong resolve, courage, or spirit in spite of difficulty. There is no such thing as failure - there is only giving up or not giving up. I didn't give up, and as far as I'm concerned, that is a complete success.