Thursday, August 8, 2013

Experimenting with Failure

“All life is an experiment.  The more experiments you make the better.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t believe in failure.  The word doesn’t have a purpose or meaning in my life.

Everything I do is an experiment:  Test.  Assess the results.  Learn something and take the next step.
School and societal programming have brain-washed we into thinking that failure is bad – something to be avoided at all costs.

Because of this warped thinking, we either strive for impossible perfection or settle with mediocrity because it’s safe and we don’t think we’re up for the perfection thing.

Either way, this leaves us in the land of “not good enough” where dreams and passions are always “out there” while we’re over here, unhappy with ourselves and our lives.

Quit Fooling Yourself

We fool ourselves into thinking that we’re doing something to change this by reading the latest books, blogs and programs and getting really smart about what we should do next.

Fear of failure or success keeps us in the mode of getting ready to get ready while we’re too scared to take any real action.

We disguise our fears as reasons excuses why we can’t take action.  Too old, have a family to support, have a mortgage, not an expert (don’t know enough), already have a career….

We think that taking action has to mean bold, sweeping measures that will suddenly end life as we currently know it in order to create a completely different life.

It doesn’t have to be like that.