Fear of failure

world in hand

Not too long ago I saw one of those inspirational banners we all love to read when we feel down and out. It said: Failure is not final. It made me wonder why we as people are so fearful of failure.  Failure teaches us what doesn’t work, failure can make us stronger, failure can even help us to be more sympathetic to others in similar situations. So, why do so many people view failure as final?

The fact of the matter is no one likes to fail. Despite everything we learn from it, despite the fact that we often become better people through it, no one likes the feeling of not having made it, of reaching for the stars and withdrawing empty handed.

For some, the fear of failure rule their lives. The mere whiff of it is enough to make them throw their hands up in defeat. Most times our failures affect not only our own life and our own self confidence, but those we love as well. What if I open a business and it makes no money – how will that affect my family? What if I write a book and gets only one star reviews – I would lose face with friends. What if, what if, what if.

So, my question today is in the picture at the top of this post. What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? Doesn’t the thought just open up a myriad of possibilities? Doesn’t it make your imagination soar? If you were guaranteed success, what dreams would you pursue? Think about it, dream about it and then plan it. We only have one life to live – do we really want to waste it by living in fear?

Much love. 🙂


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