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    By on November 5, 2007

    Have you ever worked really hard on something only to see if fail
    at the last minute for reasons beyond your control?

    For the last 4 months I have been working on an important project.

    It cost me quite a bit of money and time.

    The exact project details aren't important but I want to share with
    you something I learned about myself and those around me in the

    For months others and myself worked hard. We had weekly
    sometimes-daily meetings to help resolve issues and deal with
    unexpected problems.

    Then at the last moment everything unraveled and we had to put a
    stop to the project.

    Can you imagine the feeling of disappoints and frustration?

    These types of setbacks can really send you for a "loop".

    You really begin to question your abilities and was that effort
    really worth it.

    After beating myself up for a week and whining like a school child
    to anyone that would listen to my tale of woe someone really
    important to me made a really important point.

    Her comment was this...

    "I know you can do this again and finish this time. How? Well you
    came SO close."

    This floored me.

    What a concept!

    If you can get so close only to see it all go to pieces at the last
    minute why not *try again* and this time prevent the problem from

    If you or someone you care for has recently failed at something
    important, remind them *how close they got* and how with a little
    effort next time they *can succeed*.

    Gail Devers said, "Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve
    anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work,
    determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for
    those who believe."