Stop Fearing Failure, Enjoy It!

Stop Fearing Failure, Enjoy It!

Have you ever been in a situation that your fear of failing was so overwhelming that you didn't even attempt it? Whether it's with work, school, social situations, the fear of failure is something that can be difficult to overcome. However, with the shift of a mindset you can turn that fear into an accomplishment and you can overcome those emotions and create a positive out of a negative!

We'll highlight some key ways to shift your mindset into believing that your failures are simply learning tools towards your future success. You'll stop fearing failure, and begin to enjoy it!

“If you’re not failing a lot, you’re not doing very much”
— Robin Sharma

Your first step should always be to recognize that you will not be successful in every aspect of your life, and that's perfectly okay! In order to be successful, first you must be defeated. Understanding why you deemed your trial a failure is key, recognizing what you did and what could of been prevented are symbolic to how you can improve and how you can correct those past mistakes.

Shifting your mindset from negative thoughts and dwelling on your experience to how can I make this situation better, what have I learnt from this experience, what can I do better and how can I improve are ways you can learn from past experiences. 

You can begin to recognize failures as a positive thing, understanding that you can only go up from here most importantly that you tried. That's what makes someone successful is trying, trying, and trying again. If you never begin to try, you will never begin to achieve.


One of my favorite examples of overcoming failure is the story of James Dyson of Dyson vacuums. He tried and failed with over 5000 prototypes before finally achieving success with the Dyson vacuum saying that each one brought him closer to success. He didn't run from his failure, instead he shifted his mindset and turned a negative into a positive.

“I made 5,127 prototypes of my vacuum before I got it right. There were 5,126 failures. But I learned from each one. That’s how I came up with a solution, so I don’t mind failure”
— James Dyson

Now it may be intimidating at first, and it may be difficult to proceed with something that you know will likely not go as well as you'd hope for, but jumping into the deep end may be the best way to learn how to swim. You have goals in life, ambitions, places you want to go and things you want to do. Don't let your negative, intrusive thoughts jeopardize what could be your future successes.

If you continue to process and interpret your failures and future successes, you might even begin to enjoy them! Seeing what didn't work for you the first time, only illustrates what can be done the next time and through a series of trial and error you can become the best you that you can be and can conquer any challenge, any obstacle that's thrown your way.

An obstacle is meant to be overcome, a failure is only deemed a failure if you let it, and shifting your mindset from negative to a positive is one of the most powerful tools that we have. So why not use it!


 

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