What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
February 4, 2011
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The first step to embracing failure is to notice it. And to notice fear. Fear and failure are very closely coupled.
Make up a list. Write it out in big fat pen on a large sheet of paper. Notice how you feel, how your body reacts, what your thoughts are.
Was this easy? Was it difficult? Where you conscious of who could see what you were writing? Where is the paper now? Hidden? Or out in the open? Have you showed anyone? What were your thoughts? Of success? Or of failure? Did excuses pop up? Did you feel excited?
Pick one item on your list. Write it out in BIG LETTERS on a piece of paper.
What is preventing you from doing this right NOW, this minute? Write down everything on another piece of paper. Keep breaking down all these reasons until you get to something you can do now.
Do that one thing.
Did you fail or succeed?
Congratulations if it was a fail! That means you can now make some informed decisions based on fact rather than letting fear prevent you from even trying.
- Is this something you want to do? If we fail fast and quick then we haven’t wasted unnecessary energy trying to do something we dont want to. You are making an informed decision 🙂
- Do you need smaller steps? Sometimes we fail because the thing we were trying to do is just too big. Break your “one thing” down and go again. Dont give up – you need to make an informed decision.
- Do you need to change direction? Tweak your “one thing” and go again.
The only time you don’t fail is the last time you try anything – and it works. ~William Strong
Try again. Fail again. Fail better. ~Samuel Beckett
Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. ~Henry Ford
The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed. ~Lloyd Jones
If you succeeded – then keep going! Take bigger, bolder steps. Dont walk, dont jog – SPRINT! When you fall and scrape your knee – momentum will bounce you back up to keep going. Soon you will be showing off your scraped knee and bragging about it 🙂