There is always risk of failure. Fear of failure should never be the deciding factor when engaging an opportunity for growth.
Failure is a reality.
Risk in inherent when you are attempting to do something worthwhile. Factors can increase or decrease risk. Far is one of those factors that serves as a speed bump to cause one to pause for some self evaluation.
Even when we fail, we must remember that failure by itself is not final unless it is allowed to be. Failure should be embraced as part of the growth process. Failure causes smart organizations to learn and adapt.
The strain of fear that immobilizes an individual or an organization due to fear of failing is noted in psychological circles as, atychiphobia.
Fear is natural.
Failure is natural.
Fear of failure is therefore logical.
Yet, immobilization due to fear of failure or morbid fear of the unfortunate, is unhealthy and unproductive.
Get your vision in motion and when you meet those forks of fear in the road of your mission take a moment to practice the following:
1) Call out the risks - identify your fears
2) Resource your options - connect with insights and skills
3) Develop creative solutions - collaborate with your team
Allow fear to speak. Stare down the risk of failure. Set your vision in motion rather than pull the emergency break on your momentum.
Positive results are not guaranteed. All adventures will lead an organization to learn from the process whether the results were achieved as intended or through adaptation.
A vehicle in motion is easier to steer than a vehicle that stays on the lot. Whether for fear of failure or as a protective measure, inaction is often the greatest risk as it will certainly lead to a negative result through deterioration.
The failure mantra.
Where there is opportunity there is risk.
Where there is risk there is a failure factor.
Navigate with vision and courage.
Thoughts on personal and professional development.
Jon Isaacson, The Intentional Restorer, is a contractor, author, and host of The DYOJO Podcast. The goal of The DYOJO is to help growth-minded restoration professionals shorten their DANG learning curve for personal and professional development. You can watch The DYOJO Podcast on YouTube on Thursdays or listen on your favorite podcast platform.