WEEK- 3 The False Fear of Failure Exposed
I have been told many times in my life we don’t succeed in life because we have a “Fear of Success”. But after reading Og Mandino, we need to “teach ourselves more to prevent failure than to gain success”. He goes on to state that, “which two among a thousand men define success in the same way?”. But, “failure is man’s inability to reach his goals whatever they may be”. How true is that statement
Many of us are afraid of failing, at least some of the time. But fear of failure (also called “atychiphobia“) is when we allow that fear to stop us doing the things that can move us forward to achieve our goals. Sadly, I have been a victim of this for far too long.
I often think of the opportunities I’ve missed letting failures stop me from golden opportunities. It has taught me things about myself that I would not have learned to handle otherwise. But I have not really conquered the emotion, because I have not controlled my subconscious, till now.
I believe now I have the formula to not only control my habits, but the means to which to achieve success. I now know that only principals will lead me to success, and the only difference between a successful person and one who has failed is in his habits. “Good habits are the key to all success. Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure”. Og is right.
Michael Jordan is widely considered to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time. And yet, he was cut from his high school basketball team because his coach didn’t think he had enough skill.
But imagine if Michael Jordan had given up on his dream to play basketball when he was cut from that team, it would have robbed all of the basketball fans the greatness of his abilities.
Warren Buffet, one of the world’s richest and most successful businessmen, was rejected by Harvard University.
Richard Branson, the owner of the Virgin empire, is a high school dropout.
Imagine if these great men allowed failure to stop them, what great accomplishments they have made for themselves and society would be lost.
Observing the Law of Substitution that the mind cannot think of 2 things at the same time I must train myself to only think of good thoughts and block any negativism that can creep into my mind.
I must become a slave of good habits and realize that I can obtain that, not only through my readings but also by applying faithfully, the exercises that I instructed over the course of this program. It’s beginning to sink in, but there is a lot of work in the coming weeks.