We all have a mountain — a seemingly insurmountable goal — looming in our life. But before we attempt to climb our mountain, we all ask ourselves… Can I do it?
In other words, will this journey be worth my time, money, and energy? On a deeper level, we want to know if failure is a possibility.
Failure is always a possibility. Actually, there’s a greater chance of failure than success if you don’t audit yourself prior to climbing your mountain(s.)
According to Amy Goldenberg, Consumer, Research Analyst, SurveyStud, Inc, about 80% of people who set New Year’s resolutions fail to achieve them. Now based on SurveyStud’s data, I’m sure the same statistic applies to people who set goals on any of the other 364 days during the year.
Either way, there is a huge disconnect between the goals we set and the goals we accomplish.
I believe with a little insight, guidance, and accountability that anyone can achieve their goals–if they are realistic.
I understand all of us are not into taking risks but in order to reach your goals, you have to step out in faith, and risk “failing.”
You may avoid suffering and sorrow if you don’t risk, but you simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live. The greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing and has nothing. Only a person who risks is free.
What causes individuals to shy away from taking a risk, even if it is a low risk and will give them something they really want? Well, certainly high on most people’s list would be fear of loss, failure and perceived humiliation if the loss were to occur. Thus gials are never accomplished.
Why would we automatically think that we would fail at something? Why wouldn’t we first try and see, and then if we did fail, learn from that experience and move on? What causes us to have these thoughts of inferiority?
Well, I believe it dates back to our little life. And, since risk-taking, to my knowledge, is not a subject that is taught in school, it would lead me to believe that a person’s fear of taking risks might stem back from before they can even remember. When you were a child taking your very first steps, it wasn’t uncommon to hear one of your parents or guardians say, “Be careful, you might fall.” Or, “Don’t do that, you’ll ….” Though some of this is rhetoric and you don’t really pay much attention to it, for some, it begins the pattern of playing it safe.
Think of how much better equipped we would be to face life’s challenges and succeed, if we had repetitively heard, “Take a chance and don’t worry about falling, because you’re going to fall… probably quite often.
Falling is an important part of learning.” Many of the greatest lessons you’ll receive in life are going to come from falling … from your failures.
Question of the Day: Whats the worse thing that can happen if you fail–now you know, do something to avoid it.
Awesome day to audit your goals.
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