We all (should) have some pretty big goals in front of us at all times.
I write about goals and vision and things of that nature quite a bit, but today I want to touch on the fear of failure and how it can be an extremely effective motivator.
I have a fairly daunting task in front of me this summer, with a reward waiting at the end to match the journey.
Things are getting pretty down to the wire in terms of time left to accomplish this task, but I’m not freaking out about it (hardly ever do, does no good).
One thing that was brought up to me today in regards to this task, was how I would explain to everyone around me if I were to fail.
‘I’m just not smart enough.’
‘I didn’t study as much as I should have.’
‘I was afraid to ask for more help even though I knew I needed it.’
These aren’t necessarily excuses, but every time you fail, people are going to want to know why. YOU are going to want to know why.
99% of the time, you will know exactly why.
You’ll know that you took too many breaks, too many days off, not enough late nights, whatever it may be.
You will know, but everyone else will also want to know.
So I come to you today with this, DON’T FAIL. Set your time frame to accomplish your goal, and do every single thing you can to make it happen.
As these last few weeks close in on my time frame, I know for a fact I am going to be giving every last ounce of energy I have to accomplish this goal.
When you have something in front of you, and other people know about it, think about how you’re going to explain yourself to those expecting highly of you if you are unable to achieve what you set out to.
I promise the story of why you failed won’t come down to the task being too difficult, it’ll come down to your preparation and your execution.
Give so much to it, that failing isn’t even an option.