I saw the above picture when I was scrolling through Facebook earlier. And immediately, something in particular popped into my mind. I’m willing to bet that when you saw it, something popped into your mind too. Am I right? Doesn’t matter what it is. Doesn’t matter what mine is. We’re not going to talk specifics here. Just take that thing that just popped into your mind and visualize it for a second. Here’s what I want you to concentrate on:
What’s the worst that could happen?
Really. Think about that. Whatever this thing is that you’re thinking of doing that scares you to death – if you try it, and you “fail” (although the definition of fail might need to be examined a little more, but I digress…), what’s going to happen? Is someone going to die? Are you going to die? Is someone going to be hurt beyond repair? Are you going to be hurt beyond repair? Will the world stop turning on its axis because you didn’t get the result you were hoping for?
I’m guessing not.
“I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.” – Oprah Winfrey
I like that quote. Think about that. When you decide to take the chance on whatever it is (and notice I said when, not if), don’t you think you’re going to be pretty proud to know that you tried? Aren’t you going to enjoy the process? The process of knowing that you got off your butt, put your big girl panties on (or big boy boxers for my dude readers. Well, unless you want to wear big girl panties – hey, I’m not judging…), and took a chance. You took a chance. Where’s the failure in that?
“They who have conquered doubt and fear have conquered failure.” – James Allen
Go out there and conquer some failure. Show failure that it doesn’t even exist. Trying is succeeding.
And that’s just all there is to it.
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live life in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt