Back to the Drawing Board

Studious Boy StatueThinking through issues and problems; making changes; looking for solutions, new ideas and approaches, rebuilding, alternatives and answers

Failure is the only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again. Henry Ford

Never, Never, Never Quit. Winston Churchill

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit. Napoleon Hill

Back to the drawing board implies something did not work or is not working. It requires thinking through what went wrong and what needs to be done. There is no point in continuing to do things the same way.

Sometimes no matter how hard we try or how much effort we put into planning and thinking, what we expected to happen or wanted to happen, does not happen. We can choose to go back to the drawing board and regroup before having another go at it, or we can give up or accept less than what we wanted. The drawing board is a successful living principle. It is a better option than giving in to defeat. Sometimes our success is only a small distance away, a minor tweak or just a little better timing.

Architects, military strategists, politicians, engineers, marketing professionals and a long list of such professionals know what it is to go back to the drawing board. Often times, after painstaking efforts to plan something to the nth degree, things just do not work out as was desired, planned or expected. Many times projects fail or falter before they ultimately succeed. Two classic examples are the Wright brothers with all their failed attempts before experiencing successful flight; and Thomas Edison with ten thousand failures before producing his first light bulb. Success often requires multiple trips going back to the drawing board.

It is wise and beneficial for us to think in terms of having our own drawing board. It is the place we go to plan, think and work through problems and come up with solutions. It is wise and beneficial for us to think of our lives as a continuous work in progress. By putting these two concepts together, we should spend time and effort at our drawing board and as a result, we should continue to realize continued progress in becoming a better person, always working to become a newer and improved version of ourselves. We keep working to get it better.

It is our sole responsibility for what we do in life. We can choose to accept the lemons that come our way or we can adopt the attitude of taking the lemons and turning them into lemonade. Going back to the drawing board supports a concept of being proactive and persevering. It is always a matter of being the victor, not the victim.

Challenge: You are capable of making significant progress and improvements in your life. The question is are you satisfied with where you are and what you have or is there a feeling of dissatisfaction that causes you to want to do more and to be more? There is a door of opportunity always standing in front of you. It has a sign on it that reads PUSH! Chances are no one will push it open for you. It is something you must do for yourself.

Wisdom: Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown. Ross Perot

Spiritual: (NIV)
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with mine eye. Psalm 32:8

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:37

To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness. Ecclesiastes 2:26

Going back to the drawing board should be something we are always doing. The idea is we keep at it until we get it right. We will never get it totally right, there is always more for us to do. We are always going to be limited in our efforts when we rely only on our own strength and understanding. We can do so much better by seeking God’s help in our efforts to get it right and in doing better. We have to open the door, but he will help us.

Prayer: Help me to be open and honest to my shortcomings and weaknesses. Help me to overcome them.


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