What would you try to do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
I bet you would try to do a lot more than you are currently attempting. If you couldn’t fail you would step outside of your comfort zone and try all sorts of new and exciting things.
Failure has a way to erode one’s self-confidence, and self-confidence is as delicate as a soft breath. It makes a huge difference between what we accomplish, and what we don’t attempt for fear of failing. Most people talk themselves right out of accomplishment and right into a more comfortable state of mediocrity. Why? Because they don’t think they can succeed. It is safe to maintain the status quo. Shunning failure seems like a logical choice. (It isn’t.)
Over the years, many people have trained themselves to feel content hanging on a certain rung on the ladder of success. Just as water seeks its own level, most people tend to gravitate toward their personal comfort zone.
The truth is you can do more…you can be more. And once you come to grips with the fact that failure plays a key role in your growth, you will find yourself enjoying accomplishments that once were considered beyond your grasp.
For nearly twenty years I have been urging people to accelerate their failure curve. If you want more…fail more…fail fast…fail with flair…fail with a little bounce in your step. But I hasten to add, do not insist on failing stupid. You are going to fail with purpose.
A positive off-shoot of failure is that you will be leaving many of your boring attributes behind. This is a favorable attribute in and of itself. Failure is never boring.
So today, enjoy the ride. Stop boring people with your negative thoughts and comments. Stop thinking that people actually care. They don’t. Instead, try grasping for something that is just beyond your reach.
Trust me. You will be more fun to be around, and you will begin adding to your already long list of achievements.
Mike Marchev has plenty of stories, strategies and tactics to keep you on top of your game.
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