The biggest obstacle to success for some people is the fear of failing. Failure is only a negative event when you allow it to become an obstacle to your success.
One year ago, I grasped the concept of failure when I decided to explore a new and
different approach in my business. My first attempt bombed! The second attempt
was slightly better, but I still don’t get the results I was hoping for. These
attempts along with constant tweaks in the process showed me a new way of
looking at failing that I’d never recognized in my past failures.
Here’s what I discovered in the process: Failing was a natural process for me to
collect data and knowledge; so I could try it again. The quality and quantity of
that data and knowledge was tied to my success. The faster I was willing to
accumulate the data/knowledge, the quicker I could weed out dead ends and create
the results I was looking for. The fastest way for me to increase my success
cycle was to eliminate the fear by assessing my mistakes and implement a brand
Don’t be afraid to try new things in your personal and professional life. The more you
fail, the faster you learn and grow. The word (failure) conjures up negative
energy, concepts and images for some people. Let’s say you tried something and
the results weren’t favorable. Instead of giving up, use this opportunity to
evaluate the experience. This is the time to step back and observe, tweak, plan
and take action again. And it’s the easiest way to at look fear straight in the
eyes; that’s what it takes to increase your success rate.
We also have to be aware of how our ego might be getting in the way of fear of failure.
Is your fear of failure tied to your status, finances or position? And, are you more concerned with what others might think?
Life itself is failure-based. We wouldn’t be where we are and who we are if it wasn’t
for our own experiences and mistakes.
So, fail forward. It’s the quickest way to shortening your success
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cherri Walston is recognized for empowering women to live their vision and is the founder of My Big Picture Coach. She is known as The Big Picture Catalyst who is dedicated to helping women solo-entrepreneurs, small-business owners seize the most time in their day so they can generate more clients, make more money and have fun doing what they
love – helping other people. She is also an author, inspirational speaker,
facilitator and training. Her hobbies are reading, traveling, spending time with
family/friends and playing golf. Her website is: http://mybigpicturecoach.com.