Think about that. What are your secret dreams, hopes, ambitions? There are many things in this world that we think we would like to do, the fear of failure often holds us back. Have you ever wanted to… run a marathon, find a new job, return to school, start a business, write a book… the list could go on for days and is only limited by the aspirations of the people pondering the question. Why is it that some of us will try these new experiences and embark on a new path and others of us won’t?
It’s failure, or more to the point it is a fear of failure that prevents us from breaking out and trying new things. This fear can be founded in reality, some things are frightening, either because of a past experience or because there is some element of danger be it physical or psychological. There are many things that we dream of, that are only frightening because we make them frightening. If you break down fears and examine them from the dispassionate standpoint of probabilities, an intellectual exercise, you will see that the things we fear often do not have a high probability of occurring, but they have some likelihood. This is frequently what prevents us from even trying to realize our dreams.
If I want to change my life, I have to change my thinking. Changing my life is easy, changing my thinking is more challenging. I can find many reasons to rationalize my thoughts and at the end of the day I am still in the same place. Not pushing the envelope, not realizing my dreams, not believing that I can accomplish my dreams. So today, I want to take the approach that I cannot fail. That the little thoughts that prevent me from taking the first step, are just that, little thoughts. One of the best pieces of advice that I have heard is “you don’t have to believe everything you think.”
The reality is that if whatever I am striving for is important enough to me, a single setback, what some would call failure, will be just that a setback. I have to see it as a hurdle to be cleared, not an immoveable wall that cannot be scaled. If I can do that, and my goal is important enough to me to risk setbacks, than the truth is I have moved very close to that place where I can’t fail.
So, what could you do if you knew you could not fail?