Growing up, I feared failure. I feared disappointing my parents and not being seen as perfect. Does that sound familiar to you as well? Anytime I didn’t do well, I was devastated because failure was a) not tolerated and b) felt like a fate worse than death. So I grew up not trying anything that I could possibly fail at and that limited me. Additionally, if I did fail at something that I did try, I would be ashamed that I failed.
That mindset kept me limited for years because it was a cycle of limiting beliefs for which I alone held the key to change. But there wasn’t anyone who could make me see otherwise until I chose to change.
Because failure is only showing that you tried to do something and that you need more practice to be proficient and successful with whatever you’re trying to accomplish. When you change the way you look at failure, you don’t fear failure anymore. You aren’t ashamed anymore. You can be excited that you tried to do something (perhaps out of your comfort zone) and you can applaud yourself that you made an effort. From failure we realize what changes we need to make for success and we can try again!
Inventions are not made perfectly the first time. It takes trial and error (and failure) in order to find the sweet spot of success. Life is that way too, in all ways.
Can you tell me some of your failures that led to your success? Please share!