You failed… so what?
FEAR OF FAILURE IS A COMMON HURDLE WHEN IT COMES TO GOAL-SETTING. INSTEAD OF LETTING THIS FEAR PREVENT YOU FROM MOVING FORWARD, WHY NOT GRAB THAT FEELING BY THE HORNS AND LET IT DRIVE YOU? TIM FERRISS, CREATOR OF THE FOUR-HOUR WORK WEEK (FOURHOURWORKWEEK.
To begin, divide a piece of paper into three columns. Then think of a goal that is important to you but you’ve kept yourself from attempting. 1 In the first column, write down all the things that could go wrong should your attempt fail. Think of the most terrible things possible. 2 In the second column, determine ways you can mitigate the possibility of each of those bad consequences from happening.
3 In the third column, think of how you would recover from each of the scenarios you imagined and wrote in the first column.
As Ferriss told businessinsider.com.au: “You come away from that exercise realising, ‘Wow, I was getting extremely anxious and all worked up over something that is completely preventable, reversible, or just not a very big deal.'”
Remember that your failures can be stepping stones to your success. Inventor James Dyson said, “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.”