In a recent blog, I posted about “dreaming like a kid” again. It was about going back to the days when everything we did was rooted in imagination and discovery instead of self-doubt, insecurity, and fear. Taking a closer look at that, the most common question we’re faced with before we take a risk or venture out of our comfort zone is “what if I fail?” I wanted really examine that word: failure.
We view something as a failure when it doesn’t turn out like we intended. We often view the successes of other people and just assume that they’re luckier than we are. Things must have just gone in their favor. There’s a saying in the music business:
“it takes years and years of struggling to become an overnight success.”
That couldn’t be more true! Sure, there are people that come from an affluent family that offers opportunities earlier than others, however, that doesn’t ensure their success. Think of all the wealthy and famous families in the world, and I’m certain you can find several members of that very same family that are, shall we say, less than successful. I think you know what I mean.
My point is this: in order to experience success that you’ve never seen, you must be willing to do the things you’ve never done. It starts with creating the change in your belief system. If you’re not living your best life right now, I’d say to you the difference between you and the people that are IS your belief system.
So here it is. Are you ready?
There is no such thing as failure!
Here’s what I mean…
The most successful people don’t believe in failure. That’s not to say that they get everything they want, but they realize that they’re not failing. They’re succeeding in producing results. Thomas Edison tried over 10,000 times to invent a light source powered by electricity. 10,000 times! I’m pretty certain that after about 4,999 – I might give it ONE more try but that would be it! When asked about his 10,000 failures, Edison scoffed:
“I didn’t fail ten thousand times, I didn’t fail once! I have succeeded in proving that those 9,999 ways will not work.”
Edison didn’t see life in terms of failures and successes, but rather in terms of successes and feedback. Creating this shift in your own belief system will transform you automatically from being “problem-oriented” to “solution-oriented.”
Success comes down to a choice. We can choose to accept nothing less, or we can choose to accept everything but.
That decision is yours.