The greatest regret you may ever experience is not that you failed, but that you never tried at all. That you played it safe to avoid making a mistake. The great Wayne Gretzky said it so eloquently:
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Think about that quote. Failure is necessary. Mistakes, no matter how painful they can be at times, are learning opportunities, helping us make improvements and commit to doing it better the next time. It’s only through trying, learning, and trying again that we begin to move forward.
I like to think of it as Fail Forward. Just the image of that helps me feel a little less threatened and a little more willing to risk rejection. I picture a Monopoly board and that my marker needs to move forward in order to pass Go and collect $200. I have to risk landing on another players property and pay them rent. But no matter what I’m feeling or fearing, when it’s my turn, I have to roll the dice. I have to risk Failing Forward.
To help me Fail Forward more successfully, it helps to use the word “curious.” If you haven’t tried this before, check out:https://nancydepcik.com/one-word-can-change-everything/ . It can literally change the way you deal with your fear of making mistakes.
So now it’s time to get back to my Monopoly game of life and my chance to Fail Forward. I’ll see you at “Go” where we will have another opportunity to collect our $200 – our reward for trying and trying again.