I’m sure that sounds like a strange thing, to suggest we should embrace failure. Well, maybe. I wouldn’t say we should try to fail, but we certainly shouldn’t fear it. Every time we fall short we can learn and grow if we get back up again.
My own fear of messing up early in life at times paralyzed me. Later, after moving away from home, I learned to just accept tripping and falling (figuratively and literally) as part of life. I had to learn from it, and move on. It’s still hard at times to overcome that horrible fear of falling short and screwing up, however, every failure has helped me to grow as a person, and move forward.
When we look at those who inspire us, we generally only see their successes and not their shortcomings and less than perfect moments. The truth is, everyone has failed at one point in their lives or another. No one achieves success 100% of the time, and usually not on the first try! What makes the difference is learning to get up again, learn from our mistakes, and try once more.
I love the video below that highlights the road bumps on the journey to success for some famous people most of us know and admire. Take a moment to watch it and be inspired. I know I was.
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Don’t fear failure!
Use your Failures as Stepping Stones
In another part of this site, I wrote more about taking risks and learning to fix your internal voice to help you move forward in life. No one can fix your attitude but you.
Although, as a child, someone may have helped you write a very negative internal voice that paralyzes you and keeps you from trying, and makes you afraid of messing up, you’re an adult now. It’s not easy, but no one can change that voice in your head but you. And part of it starts with not being afraid of what might happen, but instead look forward to moving forward in your life towards your goals and dreams.