Friday, May 25, 2012
A NEW WAY TO LOOK AT FEAR OF FAILURE
By Cherri Walston
The biggest obstacle to success for some people is the fear of failing. Failure is only a negative event when you allow it to become an obstacle to your success.
One year ago, I grasped the concept of failure when I decided to explore a new and different approach in my business. My first attempt bombed! The second attempt was slightly better, but I still don't get the results I was hoping for. These attempts along with constant tweaks in the process showed me a new way of looking at failing that I'd never recognized in my past failures.
Here's what I discovered in the process: Failing was a natural process for me to collect data and knowledge; so I could try it again. The quality and quantity of that data and knowledge was tied to my success. The faster I was willing to accumulate the data/knowledge, the quicker I could weed out dead ends and create the results I was looking for. The fastest way for me to increase my success cycle was to eliminate the fear by assessing my mistakes and implement a brand new action.
Don't be afraid to try new things in your personal and professional life. The more you fail, the faster you learn and grow. The word (failure) conjures up negative energy, concepts and images for some people. Let's say you tried something and the results weren't favorable. Instead of giving up, use this opportunity to evaluate the experience. This is the time to step back and observe, tweak, plan and take action again. And it's the easiest way to at look fear straight in the eyes; that's what it takes to increase your success rate.
We also have to be aware of how our ego might be getting in the way of fear of failure. Is your fear of failure tied to your status, finances or position? And, are you more concerned with what others might think?
Life itself is failure-based. We wouldn't be where we are and who we are if it wasn't for our own experiences and mistakes.
So, fail forward. It's the quickest way to shortening your success cycle.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cherri Walston is recognized for empowering women to live their vision and is the founder of My Big Picture Coach. She is known as The Big Picture Catalyst who is dedicated to helping women solo-entrepreneurs, small-business owners seize the most time in their day so they can generate more clients, make more money and have fun doing what they love - helping other people. She is also an author, inspirational speaker, facilitator and training. Her hobbies are reading, traveling, spending time with family/friends and playing golf. Her website is: http://mybigpicturecoach.com.