Thousands, and even millions, of people around the world have refused to attempt a number of projects or things because of the fear of failure. You too might have given up doing some things due to fear of failure. Most dreams have never gotten off the ground for the fear of losing or failing. I heard it said that failure is only an event and is not final. There are people who have refused to start businesses for fear of losing their money. Others don’t want to get married because of the rate of divorce around the world and what they are reading and hearing about the challenges and emotional toll of divorce.
There are people who have sold themselves short; remaining in jobs below their potential and doing jobs they hate because of fear. – Charles F. Kettering said “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” This statement by Charles F. Kettering, to believe and act as if it was impossible to fail, is great advice. You have the potential, the talent, the wisdom, and the resources to achieve massive success. You will encounter challenges like all the others but rest assured, it’s all worth it when you attain your dreams. You are in great company though since you are not alone working toward your dreams. There are those afraid to step out and step up to do what is necessary to live their dreams. There are those making excuses that others have given away; they gave up on them years ago. Unless you try and give your dream the best shot, you will never know whether you are able to or not. You can never know how wide the rubber band will stretch unless you test it. Likewise, you can never know what you are made of, the capacity you have, the genius you have allowed to be trapped inside you unless you stretch for what lies ahead rather than focus on what you left behind.
If you knew you would not fail, would you step out and do all the things you want to do? How do you know in the first place that you will fail if you have never gone this route before? Acting as if it was impossible for you to fail is a great attitude and way of thinking. This belief and attitude will help you try things you were afraid of doing and help you smash through the barrier of fear by doing things you’re afraid of. There were people who were afraid to try out something; the fear kept hold of them for a long time until they tried it and realized that it was not all that difficult.
When I was at the university, I kept hearing my friends talk about how statistics was difficult and uninteresting. The more I listened to them the more I postponed taking a class in statistics. I would not be able to graduate without taking and passing this class though. I had to first tell myself that I would not fail this course and got the courage to take it. I continuously reminded myself that it was impossible for me to fail and I did very well with a B+. I asked myself why I listened to my colleagues in the first place and why it took me so long to make the decision to take this class. Who are you allowing to speak into your life regarding what you want to do and can do? Who are you hanging around with that has contaminated your thinking to the point of inaction? If you really knew all the things you were capable of doing, you would never waste another day in procrastination. You are well equipped for greatness. The seeds of greatness were planted in you when you were born; all the resources you need to be the masterpiece and champion is already in you. You have been listening to the wrong people, watching the wrong news, allowing the external environment to control your thoughts when your inner resources are screaming at you to focus inward instead of outward.
Shake off your fear and anxiety and act as if you cannot fail. The worst that could happen could be missing the mark on a few things, but at least you would have known what doesn’t work. Step out of your comfort zone and reach out to what lies beyond. Achieving massive success through massive action calls for you to leave your comfort zone and the land of the familiar.