How Often Do You Fail?
This is a serious question – How Often Do You Fail?
If the answer is zero – you have a problem and may not even know it.
If the Fear of Failure is overriding everything you do, then you have a problem.
When a person does not take any risks in life – this person seldom wins anything either. Life is lived in the status quo. This is a risk-less world with no rewards or payback above the cost of living. So what is happening when people are connected to no fail practices?
Three Responses to Failure
First, they could have failed but don’t know it. This is usually in the missed opportunity category. When an individual lives in the status quo or safety net zone, they are not looking for anything outside of the common everyday same old thing they do everyday. No change is important to these people. In fact, we have found people who resist any change in their daily lives and believe their results will improve – with no additional effort on their part!
Second, the “Take No Risk” group are found in most corporate jobs. We do not find as many self-employed people in this category – but the ones we do have failed quickly. Reason for this failure group – they believe taking any risk is out of the question and leads to failure. The interesting thing is they are right – for the wrong reason. Taking no risk is the cause of a fast failure in the self employed ranks, yet it is the source of a slow death in the corporate world. The total lack of risk taking leads to little or no returns, thus failure to grow and profit from growth.
Third, is unique – it’s lying to yourself about failure and its role in life and organizations. In reality, failure tells us what does not work. It then gives us an opportunity to change our strategy or methods for improvement. Sometimes it means we have a made a bad choice and we have to quit that project and move on the next one for success. Here is where the lying usually begins – we lie to our self about the project. We blame others for the failure and possibility intensify our efforts to make a bad project worst rather than admit a bad choice.
The three failure responses will always be present. Our job is to first – continue to look for new ways of doing things even if we only test it on a limited basis. This is why good marketing groups always test their campaigns on smaller groups before moving to the mass markets. When people are using the fear of failure, they will fail to attempt anything new. New things are the source of breakout growth – the status quo will decline at some point (faster than ever in today’s fast paced economy.)
Then you look at the reasons things failed. Learning from failure is a key growth attribute – both personally and organizationally. Yet, many individuals and their organizations continue to make the same mistakes over and over with no improvement or growth. This is insanity to keep doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.
How to Overcome Fear of Failure
There you have it. If you are not failing you are not moving or growing. Take calculated risks for greater returns. No risks equals no returns. You overcome the fear of failure by doing things that are new and different.
After you attempt something new, measure the results and learn from any fail in the process. Improve the process and test it again. This method creates a “can do” attitude and a willingness to try new things and grow. Remember, the status quo is boring and will take you down a path to failure. Make a decision to travel some new roads in life and grow.
The most important thing for you to do is to learn how to grow by doing the thing you fear the most. By doing the things you fear, you take them out of your life. The other key is to learn that progress is better than perfection. Too many people only want a “sure thing” or no risk attempt at something new. They want a perfect answer before launching. These usually leads to a lack of launching at all and life in the status quo. Change is the norm today. Embrace it and keep moving forward and you will grow in talent and experience.
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Voss Graham is an Organizational Architect with 30+ years of experience designing sustainable business growth for organizations of all sizes.
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