The next three chapters deal with our fears and our failures.
One of the biggest inhibitors preventing us from taking risks and confronting the many challenges facing us is fear. Fear keeps us from turning our innovative ideas into action, from following our dreams, and from performing well under pressure. Fear prevents us from thinking clearly and creatively, and causes most of the stress we experience. Having the courage to confront your fears, to look the monster in the eye, and break the fear cycle is critical. With the release of fear, you’ll have more energy, think more clearly, and be more in control. Fear is natural, if you have no fear then you are playing too safe. Fear distorts, exaggerates, and magnifies, making everything seem worse than it is. Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t. The worst is never as bad as fear makes it seem. Turn anxiety into anticipation. Change “what if” into “if then”.
Mistakes are a good investment. When you are taking risks, learning a new skill, trying something new, developing a new idea, or challenging yourself in any situation, you will make mistakes. Learning is a combination of trial and error. Often mistakes result from inaction as much as action, with the real mistake of simply doing nothing. Passive, play-it-safe mistakes can be just as devastating as mistakes resulting from action. Apple’s Mike Markkula says, “It is failure which breeds success. Mistakes help you to rethink, reconceptualize, and restrategize.” Risk is no longer an option, it is an imperative.
One of my co-workers in the lift truck business used to say this about making mistakes; “what’s the worst that could happen, they can’t eat you!”
Reference; “If It Ain’t Broke…Break It!” by
Robert Kriegel and Louis Patler