So you might be forgiven for thinking that the answer to the question ‘how do I avoid failure?’ is simply, don’t do that thing that you would like to do. It’s certainly an easy option isn’t it? Or is it?
Perhaps not, if you then start mentally beating yourself up. That not so little (quite loud and irritating actually) voice in your head going round and round in circles; what if you had done it? What would have happened? Playing out a scene of success and then failure, feeling frustrated, angry at yourself, guilty, embarrassed? Calling yourself stupid or an idiot...is that really the easy option?
So how then, can you avoid failure? The key is in a change of perspective. Next time you are considering doing that thing that you really don’t want to do (but deep down do) the thing that means putting yourself out there in business, going for that promotion or new job, wearing your heart on your sleeve with a potential love interest, and making yourself vulnerable tell yourself this –
1) There are no mistakes, only lessons.
2) There is no such thing as failure, only feedback.
Ask yourself, what did I learn, how can I do it differently next time, what is the message here? The more you practice this, the more you will grow, learn and develop, and the less you will experience ‘failure’.
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