If we like the most of people, we generally have a bad and intense relationship with failure. We can see it as an ending, as proof that our plan did not succeed or our ideas were not good enough. The truth is, failure happens to everyone. The only thing that separates people who succeed from those who do not is a proper understanding of the power of failure. Success requires that we learn from mistakes, missteps and also with misunderstanding along the way rather than falling into despair and giving up…

It’s almost impossible to go through life without experiencing some kind of failure. Failure is a part of life; everyone has experienced failure at some time or other. “Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even,” legendary boxer Muhammad Ali had once declared.

Yet the greatest barrier to success and one of the biggest fears in life that people have is – fear of failure. It is also the major reason that holds back people from realizing their full potential and achieving their goals. Fear of failure immobilizes you, restricts you to your comfort zone, prevents you from moving forward in life and hampers your chances of success. Defeat is not easy to swallow. There is no worse feeling than facing failure. Failure leaves you bitter, miserable and depressed.

It is then not difficult to understand why most people are afraid of failing. They prefer to play it safe by restricting themselves to their comfort zone and avoiding any risks. But playing it safe can also be risky. It puts you out of action. You choose to forgo potential opportunities and push yourself into mediocrity. When you restrict yourself to your cocoon, you keep yourself from tapping your full potential.

So don’t let fear of failure hold you back from reaching out for your goals. The key to success is not avoiding failure but to overcome the fear of failure; learn from your failures and use them to build yourself up. Success occurs in leaps and bounds for people who are ready for it. To genuinely create value, day in and day out, requires determination, purpose, and most of all, that subtle yet all-important trait known as character. Failure is a far better character builder than any affirmation or fleeting goal. While each success will propel you by a small amount, failure will forge your career – and your personality – like nothing else will. It’s the difference between a natural lake being formed over thousands of years and a man-made lake coming into fruition in under a year.

Failure should be our teacher not our undertaker.
Failure is delay not defeat.
It is temporary detour not a dead end.” 

 

by: Ammara Siddique