I was so scared of failure I ensured I lived a life where it wasn’t even a possibility. I mean a life without ‘Failure’ would be great, right?
I refused to apply for presenting opportunities at conferences, submit articles for publication, tender for contracts or even attempt anything that may lead to ‘failure’. I would rationalise each decision when challenged. As a result, I was living my dream failure free life. Or so I thought…
What I didn’t anticipate was the immense dissatisfaction in doing so. I was frustrated as I was not growing at all, I was stuck in my comfort zone and the impact I had envisioned had completely stagnated.
Unfulfilled living a life of mediocrity, I decided to embrace potential ‘failure’ and attempt more challenges. This has led to several letters of rejection from book publishers, conferences dismissing my applications and big organisations declining my proposals. I have experienced more ‘failure’ the last few years than I did in a lifetime.
However, I couldn’t be happier. I am experiencing opportunities I previously only dreamt about. I am presenting on some of the biggest stages with the best fitness minds in the world, being published in renowned publications and working with some of the most innovative companies in the world.
Are you avoiding situations or opportunities where failure is an option?
Are you making consistent progress in the pursuit of your vision?
If not, embracing failure is the remedy and will not doubt lead to more growth and success.