Updated: Mar 7
Do you know anyone that hasn’t failed at something?
Everyone fails at one time or another.
I was a perfectionist. I now refer to myself as a recovering perfectionist. ;)
I can tell you several years ago I would have never entertained the idea that I should fail.
That just made no sense!
Are there any good reasons to fail?
Listen in or read on below for four reasons why you should fail because they just may help you succeed!
Break up with the need to be perfect.
As a recovering perfectionist I can tell you that not needing to be perfect comes with a lot more freedom.
Up until about 4 years ago I would not put myself out there if it meant being in front of even a small group of people. Speaking or presenting to a group of any size horrified me even if I knew the topic and the people very well. And getting in front of a video camera petrified me! No way!!
For a little inspiration for you, I have now done over a dozen workshops in my community and through webinars. I have also recorded more than 100 videos.
Just start small. Take little steps toward getting past that fear of failing and being perfect at whatever you are afraid of.
When coaching my clients, I like to tell them three things.
When you are trying to do something new you are not allowed to beat yourself up. That will stop any progress you are making dead in its tracks.
The second thing is to get curious. When you are curious then you aren’t judgmental of yourself.
And third, there is no failure only feedback.
When things don’t go how you hoped then look at it. Get curious. Don't beat yourself up! Maybe even journal. What happened? This is great information.
Ask yourself, “What might work better next time?” And try that.
If you don’t fail then you feel invincible. Failure helps put you back in your place.
Failure creates a new opportunity. It gives you a do over.
Failure can teach you courage. Imagine if you never got up and tried to walk after the first time you fell when you were a toddler.
What if you succeed?
You won’t know if you never even try.
That reminds me of what Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
If you give up after failing once then you will never have the chance to succeed.
And Zig Ziglar said, “Failure is an event, not a person.”
This is a great reminder that failing at doing something is an event. Failure doesn’t define you.
What defines you is your tenacity to get back up, learn from what didn’t work, look at it from a different angle and try it again.
Nobody is perfect. We are all works in progress. I don’t think any of us like to fail.
Remember failure is feedback. It doesn't define you!
What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail? Now go do that!
Let me know in the comments below or shoot me an
email - firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to hear.
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Sheri Johnson is a certified Transformational Holistic Health and Life Coach in the Central Florida area. She believes everyone deserves an amazing healthy, balanced life, full of energy and feeling fantastic! When you get back on track in life and feel like yourself again then you can easily step into who you truly want to be, living out your purpose, passion and what you were called here to do.