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Don’t be afraid of failure

The reason why most people fail to follow their dreams is fear of failure. Well, none of us ever want to fail. No one starts something with an intention of failing. We all aspire to succeed in all our endeavours. From the little children who are trying to reach certain milestones, like taking that first step, to the inventors who try so many times before succeeding at inventing something, everyone want to succeed.

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The difference between those who succeed in their endeavours and those who don’t is, those who succeed never give up even if they fail. They know what they want to accomplish and they focus all their energies there. For many, the thought of failing at something alone is what deters them from even trying. Failure is part and parcel of out journey as human beings, yes, it is part of the process. We will probably fail many times before we get it right. We always want to get it right the first time, we fear we are not good enough if we don’t get it right straightaway. The expectations of our families, friends or peers also play a big role in development of this fear. Everyone expects us to succeed and the thought of disappointing them when we fail often intensifies this fear. This fear makes us give up at first or second try. Well guess the reason why? because we were not convinced enough about our abilities. If we have the conviction that we are capable of getting it right eventually, then we will not relent until we get there.

Are you convinced that you can do it? Do you believe you can do it? Do you believe that you got what it takes to reach for the stars? Without this conviction, your dreams and visions will never materialize. You will keep starting projects and stopping them halfway through. Only those who are convinced and believe they can will get things done. The rest will be like, start and stop. Don’t allow the fear of others stop you. Some people will be scared for you, yes. They will be afraid of you failing, and they will sell that fear to you. If you buy into this fear, then you will never get to your destiny. It is better to do it afraid than to let that fear stop you.

Five years from now, the things you are afraid will go wrong will probably not matter. You will be surprised that you did what you did and wonder what would have happened if you allowed the fear to stop you. You don’t want to look back and say, “I wish I followed my dreams”. Follow your dreams now, and you will look back and say, “am glad I didn’t allow my fears to stop me”. Remember even if you fail in the process, you are still on the way to accomplishing your dreams. At least you are failing and also learning from your failures. These failures are sharpening you up. You are becoming a better person than you were before. These failures are teaching you a lesson if you are keen to learn. They are preparing you for the success ahead of you. So don’t be afraid to fail, rather be afraid of not trying for fear of failure.

Published by Ruth Maingi

I am a freelance writer and a blogger who is passionate about inspiring people to live their lives to the full and to be all they were meant to be. I am the author of the book titled, Are You Living Your Purpose? available on the Amazon store. My joy is to see people happy and fulfilled in life.

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