It seems as though Donald Trump has failed as many times as he has succeeded. Of course, he ultimately succeeded (at least financially). While I am not enamored with his personality, I feel that he illustrates a very powerful point: Your life and your work depend on your willingness to take risks.
You have probably heard the expression “bold action gets bold results”. And it does. So, if it does, then I wonder what frightens us so much? The plain fact is that the results of our bold actions are bold but not always positive. A certain amount of the time we are going to fail. If it were a guarantee, then it would not be a risk, right?
Somewhere along the way I learned that failing was a bad thing. Perhaps it is our grading system. Where else in the course of life is the goal 100 percent? For example, what if players got 100 percent of the goals in soccer? We do not even consider this. Under these conditions even getting a CHANCE at the goal is seen as an accomplishment.
Embracing failure as a likely outcome and being willing to learn from it and make adjustments is the cornerstone of success. Perhaps this is why so many successful entrepreneurs were C students! If you are now convinced that taking risks and even failing might be in your best interest, how do you get yourself to take action when you are on the edge and gearing up to take that big leap to create the life, love or work that you really desire?
Intensifying the discomfort of staying the way that you are is one approach to move out of inertia. Another approach is to adjust your perception of what “good” results are. What if instead of success and failure, you looked at the outcome of your bold action as precious information that is letting you know how to make your next bold move?
If you are someone who normally leaps before you look, LOOK. Taking risks requires reviewing the situation and taking educated risks.