“You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don’t win, at least you can be satisfied that you’ve tried. If you don’t accept failure as a possibility, you don’t set high goals, you don’t branch out, you don’t try – you don’t take the risk.” ~ Rosalynn Carter
Who likes to fail? It has been reported that the fear of failure is the biggest fear holding people back from pursuing their dreams. What is the fear of failing holding you back from?
If there was no fear of failure, just think of the amazing things that would happen in the world. There is one way to ensure that you won’t fail. Are you ready? Here’s the big secret. . . The only way to ensure you do NOT fail is to never try! Yep, that’s it. I know, it was a big letdown, right? There is no “magic bullet”; there is no way to make sure you don’t fail when trying something new or leaving your comfort zone.
You can mitigate the chances of failure or set back by being adequately prepared, planning for any foreseeable issues, etc., however there is no way to guarantee success. There are times when first attempts will be successful and of course that’s what we all want.
What does “fail” mean to you? What is it exactly that you fear? If you’re definition of fail is something such as not getting what you set out for, may I suggest you re-frame the way you think about fail? Start looking at each failure as a lesson.
Every time you achieve a result other than what you set up for, you haven’t failed; you’ve learned something that doesn’t work. Now you are armed with information that will assist you in your pursuit, so try again.
Chances are, you will stumble and fall along the way. When that happens, get up and trying again, keep moving forward, toward your goal. That is what will set you apart from the crowd and help you achieve your dreams.
Failure is just a matter of perspective. If you change the way you look at it, maybe you’ll ensure you don’t fail in your next endeavor. Use the lessons to achieve your goals.