So we are told from a young age that failure should be avoided.
At school, high scores are rewarded and low scores are a source of shame.
When we fail at anything, it feels embarrassing, painful, and can damage our sense of self confidence.
But what if I were to tell you that in fact, you can re-frame how you see failure and use it to propel you to success?
If you start to look around, you'll begin to see many famous faces who have embraced failure and pushed on through to achieve great things.
- JK Rowling's first Harry Potter book was rejected by twelve different publishing houses
- Michael Jordan was actually cut from his high school basketball team
- Thomas Edison made 1000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the lightbulb before finding a model which worked
- Oprah Winfrey was fired from her job as a news anchor and told she "wasn't fit for television".
The thing is, you can change the way you see failure. Or even what you call it. Why not call it an opportunity? An opportunity to learn, to refresh, to refocus.
This alternative way of seeing failure is also called having a 'growth mindset'.
When you operate with a growth mindset, you don't allow yourself to be held back by your perceived limitations and abilities. You allow yourself to practice, to learn, to adapt and to grow.
It's a much more empowering and confidence building perspective to live with.
So if you do one thing this week, do something badly! Be brave and have a go at something new, and be ready to fail and learn!
You'll soon start to see that this process is all part of your path to success.
I'll speak to you soon,
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