I hope you fail today.
Truth be told...I hope you fail every day of your life.
For most of my life I lived in constant fear of failure. In some rare instances I can honestly say that my fear of failure pushed me forward.
But, most of my life the fear of failure has kept me from becoming the person I want to be.
The person I need to be.
The truth I learned after many many years of AVOIDING failure is that failure is the only way in which we grow.
Success...as they say is a poor teacher and as I sit here today I could not agree more.
So I hope I fail today, and every day.
Because only through failure will I get better. Only through failure will I learn what doesn't work. Only through failure will I become a a stronger, wiser, more capable person than I was yesterday.
And that my friends is the real message I want to convey to you all today.
I want to help you adopt a new mindset.
I don't want you to fear failure.
I want you to pray for it. I want you to long for it.
I want you to NEED it.
So that next time you fail, instead of beating yourself up and quitting, you will make it a habit to instead say, "how did I fail and what can I do differently?"
So that next time you hesitate to take any action because the fear of failure is welling up inside, you will immediately say:
"I'll do it anyway because the sooner I fail the sooner I can succeed."
Failure, my friends, combined with reflection is the keystone habit of success.
No one ever, in the history of the world, ever happened upon sustained long term success or change by accident or stroke of luck. For those who happen upon success by accident or luck alone that success is short lived.
Thomas Edison failed over 1000 times before he successfully invented the light bulb. When asked about his repeated failures he said he didn't fail 1000 times, but rather he learned 1000 ways NOT to make a light bulb.
Thomas Edison literally failed his way into the history books.
Each time he failed he reflected upon his failure and made perhaps one tiny little tweak to his approach. Followed by another, and another, and another, until he created a success that was worth every failure that preceded it.
So I hope I fail today.
I hope YOU fail today.
Most importantly of all I hope you can make a daily habit of meeting failure with a smile and with reflection.
I hope that you can make a habit of taking action quickly so you can fail quickly, because the faster you fail the faster you WILL succeed.
Be it your health, your business, your job, or your relationships...
Starting today I hope you become a chronic failure, because through chronic failure you will find chronic success.
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