"If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success."
Greetings, friends! I hope today is off to a great start. If not, there’s plenty of time to start over or course correct!
I have a confession, but it’s one plenty of people know of me. I have a fear of failure. It’s not a simple fear; it’s a powerful fear of failure that drives most everything I do. It is most apparently manifest when I suspect I cannot do something well. In those cases I tend to not do anything. I just can’t stand to fail. How about you? How do you deal with failure?
Half a century of life has taught me many things, among them the need to challenge my fears of failure. Often fear of failure is a deceptive voice, more akin to uncertainty or unpreparedness masquerading as impending doom. In those times of life when situation (marriage, school, parenting, etc.) has prevented me from avoidance, pushing me into imperfect action, I’ve learned that 80% or 90% of success is actually pretty satisfying. How do you define success? As 100%, or can it be some percentage of complete?
Another lesson life has taught me is that I am a participant in a low achieving world. All around me, and within me, I see passive acceptance of little or no achievement. Again, I too am guilty. Are you? The outliers around me (you?) are those people who give the simple and reasonable efforts to achieve. We see them fly, though not to the moon, and marvel at their greatness. So often it’s not ability, or opportunity, or circumstance. So often it’s simply effort to break the gravity of passivity. Are you the outlier today?
However failure masquerades in your life, unmask it. Whatever you achieve is great and no measure of failure. The only failure is not trying. Be the outlier today. Do the thing you want to do. Be the person you want to be. Fly, while everyone around you watches. Just make sure you fly my way so I can cheer for you, too! And have a great week!