In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than...

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”

Man, does it have to be one or the other?

The answer is yes. Fear is a reactionary emotion, designed to keep us safe, but if you’re not careful, it can get in the way of your success.

You may not even be aware that you’re acting out of fear, but a Plan B = a fear of failure. The fear of failure has a way of holding us back so that we don’t give a 100% to what we’re doing. And in order to succeed, it’s all or nothing.

Define What Failure is to You

Most people think of failure as not making lots of money, but the reality is that failure means something different to each individual.

For me, failure is having a 9 to 5 job because it means I’m sacrificing my freedom. As long as I’m able to pay the bills while maintaining my freedom to be able to go where I want and work when I want, I’m living a successful life.

For other though, failure may be losing that 9 to 5 job, because success for them is stability.

As humans, we tend to worry more about our social image than our own personal desires. At the end of the day though, what matters most is your own happiness.

So take some time to figure out what failure is to you. Then, do yourself a favor and own it!

Push Past the Failures

In order to be successful, you have to push past your failures. Life is full of ups and downs, but it’s important to keep moving forward.

The number one thing that successful people do is own their mistakes so that they can learn from them and not repeat the same mistakes. So fail often, and fail fast. Then keep going. As long as you don’t give up, you’re still succeeding. Don’t let your fears outdo your success!

And then once you’ve found something that works, stick with it!

The Law of Diminishing Return

We often see something called the Law of Diminishing Return, which essentially means you get what you give. And as motivation runs out, so does your effort. When this happens, you stop seeing results. Don’t let this happen to you. Give it your all, because giving up is failure.

If something just isn’t working out though, don’t be afraid to pivot directions! Ask yourself if staying where you’re at is worth it. Are you happy with what you’re doing? Is what you’re doing making you successful (in your terms)?

If the answer is no, then adjust your course! But be sure you give it 100% of your effort!

I always say, it’s motivation that gets you started, but habit is what keeps you going. In our next session, we’ll discuss how you can build habits that set you up for success!

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