Fear of failure is a powerful force that can prevent us from exploring our potential and can ultimately block our success.
Failure is a lack of success in doing or achieving something. Most often, we carry demotivating images in our heads of what might happen if we try to pursue our dreams and fall short. We think of the extreme consequences of failures, and then we begin to fear it. But the truth is there are many things we can do out there and excel at but we wouldn’t know if we do not try them out.
The best entrepreneurs value failure, are comfortable with the idea of failing and have learned to turn failure constructively to their advantage. Therefore, rather than being afraid of failures, here is how you can harness them for success:
1. Identify your weaknesses and learn from them.
We should see failure as a learning step towards future achievement. Thomas Edison’s despite failing several times in his attempt to create a light bulb stated that he had not failed, rather he had just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
So, once you have acquired a knowledge that comes with a setback, you are a more valuable contributor than you were before and more valuable than people who had never gained the experience before. You may have paid a huge price for those hard life lessons, but you are better educated than the people who haven’t paid them yet.
2.Turn negative challenge into a motivation to prove yourself.
When things go wrong or people do not believe in your abilities, rather than feeling depressed or drowning in depression; you should see it as a challenge and motivation to work harder and prove yourself.
Don’t be too quick to give up. The fact that you tried something and didn’t work out well doesn’t it can never work. If you do not succeed at the first trial, you may succeed at the second trial or the next.
4. Know when to stop
Don’t over persist through failures to avoid digging a deeper hole. Some people believe that holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strengths. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then let go. We should be able to tell when our persistence is becoming destructive. Instead of exposing ourselves to that danger, we should heed the Chinese proverb that says, if you must play, you must decide on 3 things at the start; the rule of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time’’ and then act if it’s time to fold our arms.
In conclusion, while success is the accomplishment of desired visions and planned goals. It also comes with its challenges. The challenges could call for increased expertise, resources, etc. If you fail to plan for them, they may bring you down. To succeed productively, it is important to make adequate plans on how to deal with challenges that come with success.
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