Breaking habits and not being afraid to fail leads to success

Breaking habits can lead to personal success

Everyone’s life is different, with an infinite number of factors contributing to success or failure. And there are patterns in the ways in which we interact with our experiences. Over time, those patterns define our results and become unconscious habits that may no longer benefit us.

Habits are hard to change.  Many of us talk about the need to change; change our life, change our attitude, change our results, change our approach. The basis of the self-help movement is providing strategies for change. Often this involves a decision about taking another path, usually out of our comfort zone, for the first time.

Our comfort zone provides the protection of the familiar and the easy. We become complacent and blinkered to opportunities that are presented to us. Even when we do make the break, it’s easy to snap back unless we work hard to make a permanent change.

A simple approach is to look at opportunities differently. While commitment and persistence are important, not every opportunity will be right for you. So the next time you want to explore an opportunity, ask ‘Am I prepared to try?’.

When you take up a challenging opportunity, there may be little chance of initial success. Failure may be inevitable. But is it worth the risk? Many times it is.

This approach to life is to take a risk, learn from it, and apply the new knowledge and understanding to the next stage of the journey. Develop your skills and keep going until you’re successful.  Failure is an essential part of this strategy.

Many people aren’t prepared to fail so won’t start, or quit when things become difficult. Ask any successful businessperson, entrepreneur, sportsperson or entertainer if they had a perfect run to the top. Do you think they learned more from everything going perfectly or in those times when things went off the rails?

Taking risks requires failing, but calculated risks are the essence of achievement. You have to fear failure enough to work hard to make the risk pan out successfully, but not so much that you don’t risk in the first place. Viewed through the lens of learning, failure is at least as beneficial as success. Working only on things you’re pretty sure will work significantly limits what you can achieve. Instead, take risks. And then see what happens.

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