We often assume that other people’s successes have been easily achieved. They must be incredibly smart or lucky to do such great things, right?
In reality, success is frequently the product of failure. Sheer determination to keep pushing past fears and failures is often the quickest road to success. One of the best examples I can give you is the story of the one and only Colonel Sanders, who bounced from job to job before eventually selling his first restaurant at age 65.
Don’t be embarrassed by failure — embrace it. If you’re not failing at something, you’re not stretching yourself. Spanx founder Sara Blakely’s dad used to ask her regularly, “What did you fail at this week?” The result was that failure didn’t become a taboo for Blakely — it was something to be celebrated. That certainly had something to do with her eventual success in life.
If you don’t take chances, you’ll never find out what you’re capable of. Looking for a new job? Want to get an advanced degree or certification? Do it.
Need more encouragement? Here are 10 tips to help you get out of your own way and live a regret-free life:
1. Recognize the Impact of Inaction
We’re often afraid to make decisions because they feel permanent and we want to avoid making a mistake. However, not taking action is its own decision — one that very often turns out to be a mistake anyway.
2. Be Clear About What You Want
You don’t have to have it all figured out, but some clear direction is key. Know yourself and plan for what you’d like to achieve. Create a vision board or meditation practice to help you focus on obtaining your goals.
3. Ask Yourself What You’re Really Afraid Of
If you know what you really want but you’re not going after it, you need to find out what’s getting in your way. Worrying that you don’t have enough time or the right connections is, more often than not, just an excuse based in fear.
In fact, just about any reason keeping you from going after what you want is likely based in fear. So ask yourself: What am I afraid of? Are you afraid of what others might think? Afraid of your own ability? Whatever the issue, define it, acknowledge it, and work toward overcoming it. Read more here…