Fail Forward

Professional Speaker-Personal Development-Positive Attitude

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: .  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.

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This Sign Says it All

Professional Speaker-Personal Development-Positive Attitude

Has there been a time in your life when you felt like jumping in with both feet, not even thinking about the outcome?

What stopped you? Fear of failure? Fear of not being perfect?

It’s like this sign says: Should I stay or should I go?

No one really knows the answer – not even you. Sometimes we just need to take the plunge and see what happens next. We need to take that leap of faith. Faith in ourselves and knowing that we will be ok no matter what comes next.

I got paralyzed by fear several years ago when I lost my home. I didn’t know where I was going to live or what would happen next. But it was during that challenging time that I discovered the most important thing of all – it’s not where I lived, but who was in my life. It was during all that craziness that my family, friends, and sometimes even strangers, gathered around me to say:

“You’re going to be ok.”

Through that experience, I learned that the only thing we can really do is enjoy the ride. It’s during these crazy times that we begin to prioritize and figure out what is really important to us.

So back to:

Should I stay or should I go?

You won’t really know the answer until you try it. So do something – anything. Pick one. Then be brave and bold and give it your all. Don’t let fear of failure hold you back. Not ever! Scream to the world: “Here I am, ready or not, and I will enjoy every minute of this crazy experience we call life.”

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