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.
Failing 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.
Failing will never make you a failure
Unfortunately, very few people heard that when they were small. The
vast majority of our population have been mentally programmed to
play it safe.
In my seminars I have often said that
a little baby is a natural born risk taker. The baby never considers
the consequences of falling when it is learning to walk. Falling is
acknowledged as a natural consequence to learning to walk. I guess
you could call it a calculated gamble; it's a prerequisite to
mastering a myriad of motor skills required to get you on your feet
and moving. It's a natural progression in movement.
Why then, wouldn't we stop to consider
that any movement into unchartered territory should be viewed with
the same consideration? What happens to us?
Why is it that we do not see the
reaching our goals as having steps similar to the ones
the baby must take in order to learn to walk? There will be some
stumbling and falling in the learning process, but success can only
be reached when we are prepared to take those steps, all of them,
even the ones where we may fall down. The real win is the
confidence and experience we acquire which translates into new
growth, enjoyment and expansion in all areas of