Living Without the Fear of Failure

Fear is hard to overcome. The fear of failure is extremely hard to overcome. I was in a situation last week which revealed a different glimpse of which to view failure and fear and it had a great impact on me.

My wife and I went to our church, Cross Point, for a gathering about small groups. With the group you were with at your table they provided some questions to ask each other to help get to know one another. It is funny in situations like this they always seem to provide icebreaker questions to help ease the awkwardness, but most of the time they only make things more awkward. But maybe it is just the introvert in me which feels that way. Moving on, one question they asked which stood out to me was this:

If you could do anything and knew you would not fail, what would you do?”

Many people said they would start their own business which is something a great amount of people want to do. One person said they would be president which is an interesting answer considering you would not fail. Morgan said she would be a talk show host.

I said I would run a full marathon. I have completed a half marathon and I know running twice that far would be an incredible challenge. If I knew I would not fail however, I would do it in a heartbeat.

It is fun to think of things you would do if you knew you would not fail. I would write a book, start a business, and somehow become football coach at the University of Tennessee so we would stop losing games.

If you spend time thinking about this you will soon come back to reality and realize these thoughts are nice but it is all they are. I would challenge you not to allow yourself to think about them in that way. Dreaming is something we don’t do enough. Let your imagination loose and picture yourself hosting an awards show, climbing Mount Everest, or writing a novel.

I like to dream. It reminds me anything is possible. The future has not been written yet and I can do anything I want to do. I ran two miles after work today. If you are counting at home that is about 24 miles short of a marathon. However, when I finished off my run I let my mind drift and thought about what it would feel like if I was crossing the line after completing a marathon. It was a great feeling.

I challenge you to let yourself dream today. You won’t regret it.