My biggest fear is failure. Whenever I attempt to do something, the thought of failure runs rampant through my mind. I am crippled by the thoughts of what could happen if things don’t go well. There have been multiple times I allow the fear of failure dictate what I do. Rather than trying something and seeing whether or not I succeed, I end up doing nothing at all. What I have come to realize is that you miss every shot you don’t take.
Life is full of failures and successes. If you lack the will to face failure, you will lack the will to do anything. In the game of basketball, I would much rather be the guy taking the game winning shot and missing it than be the guy on the sidelines who is full of critique. If you seldom want to face failure, you will seldom face success.
If you only act when failure isn’t a possibility, you will never act. You must act first, learn from your mistakes, adjust and keep moving. The road to success is paved with failure. If you want to succeed, you must learn how to fail. Don’t be the type of person who fails out of fearfulness; fail out of fearlessness. Don’t shoot the ball with shyness; shoot the ball with confidence. If you miss, at least you missed knowing you did your best to succeed.
It is okay to fail because failure is inevitable. In life you need to shoot the ball. You miss every shot you don’t take, so start shooting. If you miss, look what you are doing wrong and fix it.
Set high goals for yourself. Go big or go home. Challenge yourself to do things that make you uncomfortable; things that stretch you. If you want to be successful, you must be willing to face failure. People may criticize you and circumstances may discourage you, but your biggest opponent is yourself. Look at the mirror, stare your biggest opponent in the face and allow yourself the room to fail so that you can experience success.