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Attention All Leaders: Dare to Fail

May 16, 2017

I would like to share with you my Forbes article, just released, on the topic of failure. Failure can sting, but it is a necessary part of living and leading. Please, read on.

Article:

Failing is a natural part of life. The more you put yourself out there, the bigger the rewards but also the greater the risk of failure. By trying to be our best, we likely will fall many times before we reach our goals. That is the way learning goes.

I have had many great successes in my life, but I have also come face-to-face with failure more times than I can count. I think it is impossible to be a parent or leader and not get to know failure on a first-name basis.

In my experience with failure, both personally and professionally as an executive coach, I see that the more we are scared of failure, the more power it has over us and stops us from trying new things. And trying new things and making bold moves is what can lead to the greatest successes.

So, we have a choice to make. Do we live life small, fearing that failure could be around the corner waiting for us? Or do we take chances, risk failure and dare to live a life beyond our wildest dreams?

Four Ways To Overcome The Fear Of Failure

Here are tips to help take some power away from your fears of failure:

1. Think of failure as a normal part of life. The saying “What you resist, persists” applies to many areas in life, including failure. Not getting things right the first time is a necessary part of learning. Think of failing as the “playing” part of anything new you try. The quicker you become comfortable with failure, the less stress and more success you will likely experience.

2. Realize you’re probably worrying for nothing. A lot of times, people worry about all the potential failures before then deciding not to proceed with the action. The cost of something not going as planned would be too much to bear. Keep in mind that most of the things we worry about actually never happen. So, acknowledge your fears, put them aside and don’t let them stop you from what you want to do.

Go direct to the Forbes site to read the entire article!

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