Okay, so obviously success is the best thing that could ever happen to you, but failure is not far behind. Everywhere you look, and everywhere you go, you can see people that are scared to fail.
Some people may have just started a new job; some may have just started a new relationship or had a business idea that they’ve wanted to start. It could even be something as simple as starting a new hobby or diet.
However, I see so many people who won’t pursue these dreams simply because they’re scared that they are going to fail. But this is completely the wrong attitude to have and overcoming these mental obstacles can do wonders for your happiness and wellbeing.
The Blueprint for Success
One of my personal favourite sayings is that failure is the blueprint for success. When you fail something, it teaches you everything you need to know to succeed. I could talk for hours about how things work, but it’s genuinely as simple as that.
If you cook a pizza and it doesn’t work out, let’s say you’ve burned it, next time you know not to have the oven so hot, or to take it out earlier. Although you’ve failed this time, it doesn’t mean that you’re going to fail again.
Now you can apply this concept to every single aspect of your life. Maybe you’re going to start a new relationship with somebody? Maybe you’re going to try that new business idea you’ve had knocking around for a few months. Whatever is it you want to do, don’t be afraid of failing.
More and more people aren’t doing what they want to do in their lives because they are scared of it going wrong. They’re scared that they will let themselves down, or other people will say they told you so. But why listen to these remarks?
In short, if you don’t even attempt to live the life you want to live, you’ve already failed with 0% chance of success.
Hardwired from a Young Age
One of my favourite metaphors from failure is the child walking along the wall. I remember houses with low brick walls along the side of the street and how we used to play, balance and try to walk along them on the way home from school.
However, as soon as our parents saw us playing they would shout ‘don’t fall’ or ‘be safe’. Of course, parents only have our best interests at heart but saying things like this instantly make our minds focus on the concept of failing.
Imagine if you were walking across the wall and your parent shouted ‘keep going, you’re going to make it’, imagine how much more inspiring that would be? The longer you live, the more people you have telling you in different situations not to fall, engraining that image of failure into your mind.
Through meditation, this is a mindset you can alter and take control of. Through achieving mindfulness, you can rid yourself and train your brain to view the concept of failure positively.
And once you’re not scared of failure, but embrace it as a tool for success, you’ll be unstoppable.