A few years ago I purchased the book Write it Down, Make It Happen by Henriette Anne Klauser. The premise of the book is to use writing as a tool to help you, "know what you want and get it." After working through a few chapters, and a few failed attempts at getting what I wanted, I stopped reading the book. I thought there must be something wrong with me, my goals, my faith, etc. because nothing I was writing down came true.
Recently I picked up Write It Down, Make It Happen again and realized I should have read further.
In Chapter 20 entitled "Handling Breakdown" Klauser discusses what to do when you seem to be failing at making your goals come true. She shares several stories from people who thought that they were failures. After a closer look, however, they saw that their goals were achieved, just in a different way than they expected.
From this I learned not to get too attached to the specifics of a goal, because it can be accomplished in many different ways and still give me the same outcome.
Klauser also shares a story from Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich about a man who owned a gold mine during the gold rush. He sold the mine to a man for a few hundred dollars after he thought it was all dried up. The man who bought it dug only three feet past where the original owner had stopped digging and found gold worth millions of dollars.
Go back and dig some more. -Napoleon Hill
I am often nagged by the idea that I am failing. This book has helped me to see things differently. It has reminded me to keep going, and to look for evidence of my success everywhere.