Stop Thinking About Failure
I did something I've never done in my life recently.
I went skydiving, something that has been a huge fear of mine for some time. Before you jump off that plane, you have to sign a waiver that says if you die they're not responsible for your death. What stuck out to me about that experience was how there's always a possibility of death. There's always a risk whenever you go out of your comfort zone, and I believe that applies to other areas of life beyond skydiving.
When I was up there thousands of feet in the air, I had to remind myself that just because I felt anxiety, this wasn't the end of the world. Just because I felt fear didn't mean I was about to die. Those feelings, the ones meant to keep us alive, are often the feelings we have to overcome to get anywhere in modern society. If we can't get past our fears and doubts, it's exponentially harder to accomplish anything worthwhile.
The people who take risks no one else takes are the ones who go far.
As I've said for some time, there is no rulebook for success. There is no set roadmap or process I can prescribe to you, and there's no guarantee to anyone who steps out into the great unknown that they'll get everything they want out of life.
Some fear is completely rational. If you hope to succeed, figuring out how to separate your rational fears from the irrational ones is crucial. In life, we grow anxious with a list of irrational fears. We ask ourselves, "What if people laugh at me? What if people don't support me? What if I fail?"
I can tell you one thing for sure, no matter what it is that you're trying to do: If you don't give life your all, you are going to miss out. If you sit like a spectator watching life pass you by, you are farther from success than the people who try and fail over and over again but invariably pick themselves up.
God created you for a purpose. God made you not to worry about the "What ifs?," not to worry about the people who aren't supportive of your goals, but to focus on your vision. God designed you, out of billions of other people on planet earth, to accomplish something only you can accomplish. You are a gift to the world—you just have to push through and find out how, even when the times get tough.
If you're still scared about failure, I want to challenge you. I want you to think about risk in a positive light. What if you fail? To that I ask you, what if you succeed? One thing I know for sure is that if you can't get up off the couch, the chances of failure dial up all the way to a hundred percent.
Stop being fixated on the chances you won't succeed. It's time to focus on your vision.
It all starts with you.