What is your failure policy?
Do you dare greatly or worry you may fail? does your failure policy inspire you or hold you back?
Perhaps you are thinking – how can a failure policy inspire me! Most people’s failure policy goes along the line of:
“I will fail so won’t try”
“What will people think if I fail?”
“No point attempting _______ as I will fail”
“I won’t go for that job as I won’t get it”
Here’s the thing. Failing is actually a gift. For when you fail it allows us to pause, to reflect and also decide if you need to do something different.
The first time I did my first public speaking in front of around 40 people. It was 90 minutes. I was so nervous, I messed up. I repeated myself. I lost track of my thoughts. By the end of the talk I was so proud of myself. I did something I was afraid of – and guess what I survived and more importantly it also showed my weak spots which I needed to grow into.
Here’s one of my favourite quotes:
Dare Mighty Things
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.