You were not good at math. You were easily distracted. You got an F. You got more than one F. You lost your temper. You messed up. You lost the account. You didn’t get into college. You didn’t tell the whole story. You said the wrong thing. You didn’t lose the weight. You were a bad friend. You got fired. You spoiled the party. You quit the team. You stopped calling. You didn’t get science. You made the mistake. You struggled with[insert name here].
Sometimes events make us draw conclusions. We were not good at math therefore we will never be good at math. We spoiled the party, therefore we will always spoil the party, so we should not be invited. We quit the team, therefore we are a quitter. We struggle with a pattern of behavior, therefore we will never overcome.
But worse than giving up, we become disqualified.
Disqualified is when the past is allowed to remove you from future opportunities, growth, or development.
Disqualified is a limitation on our potential.
Disqualified is keeping us from making a difference.
Disqualified is when struggles keep you from helping others.
Disqualified is a lifetime ban.
But, maybe there is no Disqualified status.
Maybe we misunderstood the value of the journey, the struggle, and the failure.
Maybe the fact that we struggle, fail, quit, mess up, and lose are the very things that qualify us to make an impact.
Maybe others need to know that we struggle as well.
Maybe we can learn, grow, develop, and be.
Maybe the future is wide open.
Maybe we are qualified.