We’ve all heard stories about pioneer scientists and inventors finding success after years and years of trying and failing and trying and failing. In our own lives when we learned to ride a two-wheeler as a kid most of us fell off and got back on again, and repeated this process time and time again until finally we could balance.
Even though we know that practice makes perfect and can chant “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again” there’s still something in us that’s afraid of failing. Perhaps we hear in our heads our primary school teacher telling us we got it wrong in front of the class and we remember feeling stupid and wanting to disappear.
The thing is, it’s only by risking failure that we can succeed. If we keep doing only what we’re already doing, nothing much is likely to change, to paraphrase the saying.
In a way, risking failure is growing up. It’s trusting the bigger picture, refusing to listen to the voice inside from way back that says “you’ll be a loser if you don’t get it right first time”. Trying and failing is simply getting closer to the goal. Perhaps we need to find a new word for this kind of “failure”.
Let’s keep risking, let’s live more happily with imperfection. Let’s stick with it again and again. So we might not get it right first time. Bring it on. It won’t be the end of the world. Taking courageous risks will often be the beginning of a new way of living. You won’t know until you’ve tried . . .
Mistakes and failure are the currency of learning and, while they might feel uncomfortable, if you are not making them, you are not pushing yourself.
In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards.
Only in giving up the security of the known can we create new opportunity, build capability, and grow influence. As we do, we expand the perimeter of our ‘Courage Zone’ and our confidence to take on bigger challenges in the future.
Too often we let our mistakes and setbacks define us.
We all fear failure. It’s a learned habit. It is said that the only fears we are born with are the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises, the rest is learned. There’s nothing wrong with failure. In fact, if you never fail, you will never grow.
My challenge to you today is to embrace failure and view it positively, Happy Tuesday Kim 🙂