As we migrate on our voyage to tackling our goals and life accomplishments–it’s only normal that fear arises in the midst of an unforeseen obstacles. Anyone that is on a mission can testify just how crippling fear can be; which can damper our progress and bring our momentum to a halt–resulting in destitution and lack of confidence. Most of us can attest to fearing the unknown the ramifications of the possible failure we’re almost guaranteed to experience. But, let’s take a moment to understand what we’re actually fearing, and what if I were to tell you that there a way to conquer the obstacles to your success?
In the beginning, we come up with our ideas and visions for the week, month, year, and from there we determine if our goals are short term or long term, high or low priority. The truth of the matter is, we all go about accomplishing our goals differently. Some of us research every aspect and understand the many components of our goal–this is to familiarize ourselves with the mission. Meanwhile, others of us may write it down or create vision boards, etc. With all of our plans and ideas we forget to become specific with how we achieve those goals.
For instance, when a runner decides that they want to run a marathon, they don’t just show up to the marathon and run. To complete a marathon successfully, one must first condition themselves. Specifically, they work out every day, train their body to endure the distance, learn how to work through pain, learn how to listen to the body, and when to slow down. Thus, marathon runners make it look easy, and that’s only because they’ve done their homework and prepared.
How do I create a solid strategy?
“Willpower by itself is not enough. If we want to achieve lasting change, we must have an effective strategy.” – Tony Robbins
When executing any plan it’s helpful to plan all the way until the end. As we’re planning it’s important to take our time, because this gives us time to truly contemplate every move and countermove. Therefore, every countermove prepares us for possible failure (outcomes).
Why do I need to prepare for failure?
Understand me when I say this: desiring to achieve your goals with optimism and positivity is very noble, but every plan has set backs and parts of your plan will fail. Let’s get comfortable with that idea now, because the sooner we can come to terms with this–the sooner we can have a strategy for any and all outcomes. As a result, when we fail, we won’t fear it, we’ll be prepared for whatever comes our way, and this is how we learn to expand ourselves.
Why would Anyone expect failure? Shouldn’t I expect success?
I would like to dispel a myth about failure–It’s not negative in nature. Failure is a learning opportunity to gauge to see where your strategy is measuring up or not. Of course, it’s healthy to expect success. However, we must always be ready and open for our plans to hit the wall and fall apart. Any successful person will gladly admit that it typically doesn’t work the first go around and that’s where we define our character.
I implore you to observe billionaire, tv show host, producer, and actress Oprah Winfrey. When Winfrey created the OWN network the ratings were terrible–in the beginning. The media dragged her name through the mud, and she ended up having to restructure the television programming and go back to the drawing board several times–until she found the correct formula.
The correct formula ended up being drama series specifically for African American audiences–thanks to the help of Tyler Perry. Winfrey did however keep her original “Super Soul Sundays” which is aimed at the spiritual seeker who enjoyed her interviews about spirituality and enlightenment.
As a result, the Oprah Winfrey Network has made serious strides since its inception and continues to go above and beyond the media speculation and gossip. Failure has been a major part of Oprah Winfrey’s network, but she has proven that failure happens and when it does, we can pick ourselves up.
What Can I expect After I create a solid Strategy?
After we’ve created and begin to execute a solid strategy, we can now take BOLD action with confidence and strong will power. We will be more assured of our actions, because we’ve already done the ground work. Naturally we’ll follow our instinct and we’ll see the holes in our plans early on, and this is solely due to you being highly critical of our strategy.
As expressed, overcoming the challenges and road blocks to our success can create uncertainty. We’ve established that creating plans without a strong strategy won’t garner the best results of our effort, and if we’re willing to have the courage to brave our failures and learn from them–our lives can ultimately be transformed.
In an article from Psychology Today written by Dr. Theo Tsaousides, PH.D. concludes that never pursuing our goals means not giving them a chance to materialize. The fear of failure keeps you safe, but it keeps you small. Tsaousides states that avoiding the pursuit doesn’t allow you to try new things, expose you to different scenarios, and it doesn’t expand you–allowing you to see what you’re capable of. Tsaousides believes that we if we’re able to identify our fears to failure–we can most definitely overcome them. It’s far better to fail miserably than hiding from the possibilities.
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