Something that is exponentially worse than failing is the fear of failing. Think of Abraham Lincoln, arguably one of our nation’s greatest leaders. What many people don’t know is that over the course of almost 30 years, Lincoln lost his job, failed to open a business, was defeated in the State Legislature, failed to achieve his party’s nomination and lost 3 more elections and races before becoming the 16th president of the United States.
He didn’t need to be perfect to win the nomination and go on to achieve incredible feats – he just needed to overcome his fear of failing; a willingness to get up and try again.Just because you may not be able to do something perfect or you might fail at it – not trying to even take the first step will hold you back in so many aspects of life. Confronting and overcoming the fear of failing is one of the strongest ways to combat a perfectionist attitude that may be holding you back.
Contributors: Mark Wildes from Beyond the Instant