Defying the Fear of Failure

Until you overcome the fear of failure, you’ll be immobilised at the prospect of taking risk. The important thing to remember when you fail in not to quit. History shows that failure can actually become a bridge to success. In school, it was reported, Napoleon was forty-second in a class of forty-three, yet he went on to build an army that conquered much of the world. George Washington lost two-thirds of his military battles, yet against overwhelming odds he won the Revolutionary War and changed American history; Albert Einstein was such a slow learner that it was suggested he switch studies from physics to other topic, yet he defied a seeming failure and he’s considered the father of the atomic age. When you recall these names you don’t remember their failures but their contributions to the world. Only when you consider your failure to be final, are you finally a failure. Failure is not an event, only an opinion, and as long as it’s not your opinion you can come back and succeed. In his inaugural address, Franklin Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, told the nation: ”The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Failure is not fatal; you can always begin again. But the fear of failure could prove fatal to your goals by keeping you from trying again. After cataloguing every possible scenario that could come against us, such as tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, sword, Paul still writes and admonishes: ”Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8: 37. So, how about making this your anthem, your mantra: I’M NOT AND WILL NOT BE A FAILURE. Failure is just the exit sign on the highway to success; wouldn’t you rather keep your focus on the road ahead, instead of the exit(s)?

‘Sesan Ojo

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