I use to think failure was a bad thing, not anymore. I’ve begun to strive for failure and enjoy the feeling it gives me. It’s similar to the feeling you get after you get into the gym and start your workout.
Suddenly you’ll go from feeling ok to being really motivated and wanting to crush your work out. Usually I’ll look up at the clock and think an hour isn’t enough time, I want more!
That is what failure has become for me. A motivating factor and something I crave. It’s a piece of my routine that I use to gauge my progress. Something that I can look at to see if I’m really pushing my limits.
“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”– Michael Jordan
It’s failure that shows us we’re growing and developing. Have patience with the process. However, this is only true if we learn from the failure and apply it. It’s a very basic feedback loop.
“Your attitude towards failure determines your altitude after failure.”John C. Maxwell
Do something and if it works great, keep doing it and trying new things. Yet, if it doesn’t work, that’s insight into what not to do and how to adjust moving forward. Apply that knowledge.
Prepare & Conquer
I’m sure many have heard the quote that suggests if you only had five hours to cut down a tree you’d be best suited spending the first 4 sharpening the axe. If any of you have tried to chop wood with a dull axe you know the importance of this quote.
“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”– Arthur Ashe
To improve your success rate and in turn a portion of your confidence, prepare more. It’s directly applicable to life in general. Take the time to prepare yourself and you’ll be more confident in your approach.
I never said there wouldn’t be a bit of work involved. The more work you do in advance, the better outcome you’ll typically have. Also, the more you prepare the less fear you’ll let control your decision to act.
Think about giving a presentation on a topic you’ve researched heavily as opposed to something you threw together without any research. You’ll be more confident in your ability to answer questions and speak freely.
This also applies with a variety of business and creative adventures. Put in your due diligence and the confidence will follow. However, remember to appreciate failure.
“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”Buddha
Do your best, and take the time to prepare. If you don’t achieve your desired results take it as a lesson. Uses it as motivation to inspire you. It’s a sign that you’re pushing your limits and growing outside your regular way of doing things.
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