|Your Success Thought for the Week of July 8, 2009
A ski instructor shared his philosophy for developing
great skiers: "They need to be willing
to fall. If I don't see students fall
occasionally, I know they aren't pushing themselves hard enough to learn and
develop new skills." |
How do students know what they're capable of experiencing
or accomplishing if they hold themselves back through fear of falling?
"To fall is not failure; it is simply an education of
what doesn't work."
The same philosophy applies to most professional
endeavors. We too often confuse making a
simple mistake with being a failure.
I've come across many who are so frightened of failure
that their courage and creativity have been replaced with fear. For some it is 'ego,' not wanting others to
see them less than perfect. For others,
it's fear of losing their jobs.
Either way, judging a simple 'error' as 'failure' does
not serve you.
Read the biography of any great person and you'll know
how many times they made mistakes along the way to their success.
Babe Ruth struck out 1330 times to attain his astonishing
714 home runs. He didn't stop to
criticize himself or allow these 'errors' to hold him back. His view:
"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."
Walt Disney declared bankruptcy on his way to creating
Disneyland. Below please find quotes
from others who have been willing to make mistakes in the name of creating
If you aren't willing to try everything and make a
then you'll never make anything of yourself.
The maxim "nothing but perfection" may be spelled
Vincent van Gogh
It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more
than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent.
Success seems to be connected with action.
Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but
they don't quit.
This week, notice your inner self-talk with respect to making
mistakes. How judgmental are you? How fearful are you of being criticized? Are you confusing supportive feedback with
Is it OK to 'fall' in an effort to move forward with a
new idea that you just know will work?
Are you holding back for fear of not doing the right thing? Whose approval do you need? What do you need to remove your fear of
Surprise yourself - ask for feedback - be willing to
'fall' in the name of success!
Enjoy your discoveries and
have an grand week.|
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