She Took a Leap of Faith and Built Her Wings on the Way Down
There are many things that prevent people from taking leaps of faith to change themselves and their lives for the better. Fear is one them and the fear of failure can have most of us quaking in our boots at the prospect of making BIG changes!
This fear is a common reason why people struggle to try to take leaps of faith, transform their lives and follow their dreams.
Failure is seen as a positive in the chinese culture. To fail means that you have tried which is highly valued.
In the western world, we view failure as a negative. If this perception was to change, more and more people would go after their dreams. Without fear of criticism from others.
You may have heard the saying “got to be in it to win it” but a personal favourite of mine is “If you don’t ask, the answer is already no. When you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t step forward, you are always in the same spot”.
If you allow a fear of failure to prevent you from taking leaps of faith to following your dreams and you don’t take steps to make them a reality, then your fear of failure has caused you to fail!
Failure holds enormous potential as a step on the road to success. When you fail, you are in effect learning how to succeed.
An example of this is Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb. He failed 1999 times before he succeeded. If he had given up at the first, the tenth, the hundredth or thousandth time, we might not have electric light bulbs today. He persisted until he got it right, using every failure as a step towards his own goal. In his own words, he described this experience as “I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward”
If a fear of failure is stopping you achieving your dreams – change your perception; see a true failure in not going after what you want by non-action. You already have the No by non-action. If you believe in yourself, with will and determination, the No just might turn into a Yes!
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