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Why I'm going to fail more this year than ever before!

Some might think I’m crazy for wanting to fail more. I can’t deny that I’m slightly on the alternative side for the way I think and do things. My parents can definitely attest to that.

The more I read about successful entrepreneurs, the more I see the link between not being afraid to be seen as “out there” with the things they do in life and business.

By “out there” I mean, they’re not afraid to go against the grain, challenge themselves and to do something new just because they like the idea.

The idea here is to overcome the perception of negative judgements from other people, stop taking life so seriously and do the things we want to do!

This Ted talk about how to start a movement is a great example of going against the grain.

At first this guy looks a bit out of place. He’s by himself, doing his thing and most people are probably not sure how to take him. It doesn’t take long before people start to join him which turns him into the leader of the pack. This is just one fun example of how going against the grain can create a ripple effect.

Given that there is a link between success and overcoming fear of failure, why do we still find it so challenging to overcome this fear?

How can we become better leaders in our own lives?

This year I’m determined to do some weeding. To weed out the specific fears that I have that are potentially stopping me from succeeding at a greater level in all areas of life.

The way I plan to do this is:

  • Identify my actions that bring up anxiety or fear of failure and write them down
  • Consciously work through the feelings and determine if that specific action would bring me closer to the life I want or further away.
  • Try new things: things that challenge me, things that scare me and some things just for the hell of it.
  • I know that I won’t succeed in everything that I try but I also know that I want to be the kind of person who isn’t afraid to go after everything that I want in life.

    The most successful people in the world are where they are because they weren’t afraid think outside the box, to persevere and to implement their ideas.

    The next element which is also in my previous blog – February Resolutions – is never give up! I love Michael Jordan’s quote on how he succeeds: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

    Michael Jordan, easily one of the greatest basketball players of all time has also failed more than most.

    This shows that successful people must not only not be afraid to fail repeatedly until they succeed but it is a necessary part of the process.It is through the perceived failures that we learn and change or tweak what we are doing slightly until it is successful.

    I’m not on this planet to let my fears rule my life.

    Life presented me with an interesting challenge quite early on and I’ve made it through this far relatively unscathed, albeit missing a hip.

    If that hasn’t stopped me doing anything, why would I let this fear of failure stop me from setting my sights ever higher.

    It’s time to shift up to the next gear! 2017 is going to be the best year of my life – so far…

    So I invite you to join me on this challenge of turning up the volume in your life.

    Challenge

  • What’s one thing you have been wanting to do but keep putting it off or using the age-old excuse of of not having enough time?
  • Is it a business idea that you’ve been contemplating?
  • Is it getting singing lessons or guitar lessons or learning a new language?
  • Is it asking the cute girl or guy out from the local coffee shop that you’re at every single day?
  • Is it taking a trip to Bali or the Maldives to take a break?
  • Whatever it is, take one step towards making it happen, this week!

    The first challenge I’m giving myself is making a video, it’s time to conquer that fear. There are much bigger fish to fry.

    The second is committing to doing my first ever webinar, in the second half of May. Topic and date will be released soon.

    Until next time, challenge yourselves! If you have a challenge for me let me know, either post here to the blog or on Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin or Twitter.

    Peace,

    Adam

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