After a short break for the holidays, we’re back in full swing and covering an appropriate topic as we enter a new year.
The fear of failure is often the very thing that stops us from achieving our goals. After all, it’s scary to change your life. It requires effort and risk and those things are inherently uncomfortable.
What if we emotionally invest in the idea of something new and it doesn’t work out? What if—worse still—we fail in some spectacularly public way? How will our delicate egos survive?
When it comes to career success, failure should be seen as an inevitable and valuable part of the process. If you’ve been lucky enough to never experience it, you can be certain you’re not trying hard enough. You’re not challenging yourself. You’re stuck in the comfort zone. And that’s not where greatness is born.
If you want to truly grow and advance and achieve the greatness you desire—whatever that looks like for you—facing fear of failure, and indeed failing, is simply par for the course.
There is so much evidence for this. Ask any successful person and they’ll likely have a dozen stories or more that prove the point. The difference for them is that they used failure to propel themselves forward. They didn’t use it as an excuse to give up or confirm the fear they undoubtedly were facing.
So how do you fail forward instead of backward? I’ve thought about it a lot because I’ve failed a lot. At times, I’ve failed privately. Others have been of the more spectacular variety. But I can honestly say with hindsight that my failures have been enormous stepping stones.
I’ve actually failed so many times that I’ve created a process for what to do. If you’ve been following me for any period of time, you know I love a good process. And I love it even more when I can weave it into a creative acronym. [Read more…] about Career Success A to Z: F is for Fail Forward