I’m going to let you in on a little secret. When you start to embrace the risk of failure, what you’re really doing is giving yourself more opportunities to succeed. It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to accomplish. Embracing failure will help you succeed in all areas of your life.
The easiest way to embrace risk, and potential failure, is to start small. Learn to say yes to small things in your life, even if there’s a chance you’ll mess up or don’t get the results you would like. Say yes to a coffee date, say yes to work on a new project at work, say yes to try a new method for gaining customers.
Start small and you don’t have a lot to risk. If it fails, it’s not a big deal. But, if it works out, it gives you the encouragement you need to keep going and try something else.
Get In The Habit Of Taking Risks And Trying New Things
Starting small also allows you to get into a habit of taking risks and trying new things. And that’s a good thing. Make an effort to say yes more often and make it a new habit. It’s not easy if you’re a cautious person who likes to weigh the pros and cons and only commit to something new once you know you can do it. Breaking out of that habit isn’t easy, but you can do it by making an effort to say yes and take those risks on a regular basis.
As you start to embrace risk and fail more often, you’ll also learn that failing isn’t the end of the world. In fact, it isn’t even a bad thing. If nothing else, failing means you’re trying and sooner or later you will succeed.
Focus On What You’re Learning
Not only that but with each failure there’s a lesson to be learned. By embracing failure, and paying attention to that lesson you’ll get good at whatever you’ve set out to do and you’ll do it fast. The faster you fail, the faster you’ll learn, and thus the faster you’ll succeed. Start embracing those failures, take those risks and reach your goals in record time.
What I want you to take away from this post is that it’s not really about messing up or failing when you try new things and they don’t work out. Instead, it’s about the opportunities you’re exploring. The more you risk failing, the more opportunities you’re saying yes to. And that is actually a very good thing.
Some people are getting to where they are going much faster than others. You see this in your job, in your business, and even in your personal live. There are people out here that seem to be on the fast track, no matter what goals they set themselves. Would you like to know the secret to their success? It’s failing and failing fast.
Yes, you heard me right. The secret to getting what you want out of life in the fastest way possible means you have to fail. Not only do you have to fail, but you have to do it often and quickly. It’s the fastest way to learn what you need to know to get things right.
Stop Avoiding Mistakes
The first thing you should do is to stop actively avoiding making mistakes. Don’t let the fear of failure stop you. Take calculated risks, try something new, and if you fail, consider it a good thing. Having something not work out doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It simply means you found something that doesn’t work.
Live by this quote by Thomas Edison:
“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
Learn From Each Failure
There is always something to be learned when things don’t work out the way you expected them to. The trick is to look closely enough and with an open mind. It’s easy to get stuck in our ways and expect things to work a certain way. If we let them, our failures can show us when we’re on the wrong path and what we need to adjust to make it work.
Take the time to learn from your mistakes and failures. Don’t just move on and try something else. Look at what went wrong and learn from it what you can. Then, and only then, are you ready to try again. Which brings us to my last point.
Never Give Up
The only way you’ll truly fail is when you give up. When you’re trying to get faster and better, when you’re working hard to reach your goals in life, giving up simply isn’t an option. You can’t let yourself get beat. Instead, you try again and again, learning from each failure and getting better at what you do along the way.
I’ll leave you with yet another quote by Thomas Edison:
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”