Let’s talk about failure!

Am I good enough? Am I smart enough? What will people think of me?

We begin NOT to do things because we’re scared that we’re going to mess up. Listen, you’ve got to change some faulty mindsets that you have about failure. It’s not only okay for you to fail, but it’s necessary in order to grow in life.

Here are 3 things that we have to keep in mind to overcome the fear of failure:

#1 What’s the worst thing that could happen?

We become so concerned about what other people will think. We actually refrain from going for something because we’re unsure of how it will turn out. Ask yourself, “what’s the worst that could happen”. And when you can lay that thought down on the table and examine you’ll realize that most of the time the worst thing really isn’t anything meaningful at all.

#2 Give yourself permission to try and to learn.

You’ve got to cut yourself a break. If you’re like me, you’re way too hard on yourself. You’ve got to say out loud, “Self: I give you permission to fail and make mistakes.” There is a huge weight that will lift itself off your shoulders when you permit mistakes and realize that they are essential in your personal growth. Your life can be lived better, but it’s up to you to continue learning and making mistakes in order to get it there.

#3 Failure in 1 thing doesn’t make you a failure in all things!

This is so huge. Just because you mess up at work, doesn’t mean you messed up at home. Don’t carry the stress of individual failures into every area of your life. Truly, let me tell you something that will remove unnecessary stress from your life right now: your failure doesn’t define you.

Your failure doesn’t make you a terrible person. Your 1 failure in 1 area, especially, doesn’t mean your whole life is wrecked. Learn to separate your failures from who you are as a person and learn from them so you can live a better life.

BONUS: Don’t make the same mistake over and over again and tell yourself it’s ok. 

You need to take lessons of failure and apply them to your life so you can become a better person and help other people. Understand today that your failure DOESN’T define you. You can give yourself permission today to not be scared of the fear of failure. Today you change. Today you’re different. You have the knowledge you need now to turn things around and find success in your life.

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Now I want to hear from you … How can you apply these principles and eliminate the fear of failure in your life right now?

With My Best,

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  • Jill W says:

    Awesome video, Bryce. I love the positive message and it makes perfect sense. If you just take out the fear of failure, you can make the mistakes you need to make in order to improve yourself. I’m glad you mentioned that just because you make a mistake in one part of your life, doesn’t mean you’re a failure at life. I have been guilty of getting so focused on forgetting somebody’s birthday or missing a deadline and letting that consume me. After watching your video, I’m going to try to approach new situations with your advice if taking out the fear of failure.

    • Jill,

      This sounds awesome. I have to remind myself of this truth daily … just because we know it doesn’t mean we live it. Stay balanced in that fact that your mistakes don’t define you, nor do they deserve the right to carry over into every area of your life. Keep living better each day and remember to take deep breaths. For me, I take several!


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