What Would You Do if You Knew You Could Not Fail?

What if failure was not possible? What would you do? Chances are you know the answer to this question, because for most of us, when we take fear of failure out of the picture, our dreams become palpable.

Think about it – you can completely eliminate the possibility of “failure” by never again using this word to describe the outcome of anything you do!  What if you substituted “effort and outcome” for “attempt and failure” language?  How might that change your life?

Consider the famous story about Thomas Edison.  As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked him, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” What if after his 500th try, Edison had classified the effort as a failure and canned the project?

I’m not suggesting that you give up your goals or your dreams…you need a vision of where you are headed, but I do suggest that you try giving up “judgmental” language and instead think, “What is the outcome of my effort and what did I learn? What should I do next?”

In that way, you can reawaken your dreams and get unstuck!  Here’s an example:  “I dream of running a marathon, but I’ve never run a step in my life.”  Probably, if I tried to run 26 miles tomorrow, I couldn’t complete the task, but, I can think about my efforts and my results over time.  So, when I start to train by jogging 10 minutes a day for the next two weeks, I don’t think, gosh, I failed to run 26 miles. Instead, I think, “I am learning to run a marathon.”  I might learn that after two weeks, I can run 13 minutes; and in four weeks, I can run for 20. I’m always looking at my effort and my results, and I ask, what is the next step I can take to get closer to my goal?

If you apply this kind of thinking to any area of your life, your work, your relationships, your health – whatever – positive action will enable you to move forward toward your dream.  Take the challenge.  Try eliminating the word “failure” from your vocabulary for just one week … maybe a month… maybe forever,  and see what happens!

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Date: Friday, 12. August 2011 14:33
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