Have you ever feared trying something new because you were afraid it wouldn’t work?
This type of fear comes from past experiences. You tried it before and it didn’t work, so why would it work now? This limiting belief is so powerful that we become stuck and end up doing nothing.
Recently I was talking to my son about his upcoming basketball game and I found this great quote from Michael Jordan,
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.”
We talked about what that meant. I didn't care if he lost the basketball game, or if he was chosen to be one of the starters, or even how much playing time he got. All I cared about was him having fun and doing the best that he could. I asked him to listen to his coach, support his team, and learn whatever lessons needed to be learned. And I told him, just don’t give up - keep trying.
Imagine approaching a new strategy in the same way. Many people fear trying anything new because they are afraid it won’t work. But how do you know if it won’t work if you don’t try? It doesn’t matter what the final outcome is or even how you got to the outcome, just do your best and don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is a positive thing. It means you are doing something and that’s better than doing nothing. You can’t change your current situation if you are not willing to change your actions.
Michael Jordan followed his thought with this:
"How can you succeed if you never try? How can you go to your grave knowing that you never tried? You may not know what paths will work best for you, the only way to discover the right path, is to try. Try and try, until you discover your difference. Try until you learn where you can be a success."
Just like we have to practice for the big game, we have to practice our new strategies. Everyone has to practice to continue to be better, whether it’s basketball or trying something new to make sure you get out of the door on time!
Make it ok to fail, failure means you are learning something about yourself that you did not know before! Who cares about the past, just focus on the here and now and the things you have control over.
Until Next Time,