I am afraid of failure but not afraid to admit it. My fear has kept me from trying endless new things. As I contemplate taking on a new challenge butterflies swell in my gut. I told my partner, “I want to try ….xyz but I am so afraid to fail.” He asked, “What does failure look like?” I did not have an answer. I know what the ideal situation is in my vision and I know what the next step down and the step below that look like, but I cannot think of any outcome that would constitute failure.
Is failure one of the reasons you avoid setting goals or taking risks? When you set a goal to lose 25 pounds what is failure? Anything that happens can only be positive! Losing as little as 5 pounds is a success even just making a small step in the direction of health is a success. So how can any outcome be considered a failure. Next time you say to yourself, “I’m just going to fail” try to define failure with something tangible. If you learn anything, loose one pound, do one more push up, eat one milligram less sugar in a day it is a W I N. So, every time you slide backward stop calling it a failure because you learned something, and you did something good for yourself. Keep trying and you can get were you want to be!