Failure is not an option.
That is a theme I've heard repeated many times during my corporate days, it's something that movies that I grew up with pushed, it was also one of the fabrics that made up the culture I grew up with.
People don't take too kindly to the word failure.
Failing is perceived as being caused by a lack of skill, commitment or attitude. And as such a person who fails is viewed as somehow lesser than the rest.
So it's not surprising that everyone goes to great lengths to avoid failure.
For a lot of people the downside to avoiding failure at any cost means they do not take risks, they won't put effort into trying something of interest, they won't change to a new way of doing things and even keep up facades which are beyond stressful.
On the face of it, all of the above are unacceptable to most people; until it becomes about them.
So why do we fear to fail? And how should we look at the event labeled 'failure'?
Why We Fear Failing:
We avoid failing because we have certain fears that we've attached to it.
Whatever the reason for the fear, the one thing that's common is that it's our thinking that is the greatest obstacle.
Our thoughts on the subject of failing is what causes most of the stress and anxiety.
And that is the good news.
If thoughts are the reason behind why we hold ourselves back, that's a very doable change. If we are able to rewire our thinking and perception of the event of failure, we can unshackle the restraint we impose on our potential.
How should we look at failure?
Any person that has made it big and has made a difference will tell you they've failed more than they have succeeded.
By allowing ourselves to re-frame how we look at failure, we are opening up a huge array of opportunities for ourselves.
If you are looking to live authentic, live your purpose or simply feel like you've made a difference; learning to see Failure differently is a key component to achieving that goal.
Here's to your success!
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