Many people have a strong aversion to failure, so much so that they will quit before they can fail. The problem with this strategy is that you actually don’t know if you will fail until you try. Quitting before giving yourself a fair chance isn’t practical, and it guarantees you won’t achieve the desired results. Quitting is a last resort and should rarely, even never, be considered an option.
In my new favorite movie “Akeelah and the Bee” (http://www.akeelahandthebee.com) Akeelah’s mother shares with Akeelah her college experience. She went to college on a scholarship and had aspirations of being a doctor. Unfortunately, when she arrived at the school she felt out of place and convinced herself she didn’t belong. She was sure she would fail so before that could happen, she quit. Akeelah’s mother even tried to stop Akeelah from being in the spelling bee for fear that Akeelah would fail.
How often do you quit or not even get started because you are afraid of failure? Failure is nothing more than feedback. It will help you achieve your goals and desires by letting you know the ways that won’t work. Failure should never be considered a deterrent to success, just a step toward achieving your goal.
Is the fear of failure holding you back?
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Be honest with yourself: is the fear of failure holding you back? If so, enlist the help you need to move beyond your fears and begin creating the success you desire and deserve.
“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” Roger Crawford
“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” James A. Michener
“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” Dale Carnegie