MIND – Part Four
‘The only real failure occurs when we stop trying’
Brendon Patrick- TOTEM FITESS
It’s easy to understand why there are so many stigmas attached to failing. From a young age, we are conditioned with a mindset that attracts so many negative connotations. In that; we eventually develop an innate fear of failure.
Whenever we fail we may often feel embarrassed and, even ashamed that we’ve let everybody down. It also doesn’t help that we create a habit of pointing out the reasons behind each other’s stumbles.
Why Does Failure Really Have to be Viewed as a Negative Experience
Failure should only ever be witnessed as a temporary block on the paths to our goal destination. And, like with any other block or obstacle, there’s many a way around it.
If we choose to persist along our intended paths, we’ll eventually pass these blocks if the desire is strong enough. In addition, this course of working through each obstacle aids to strengthen our resolve through our brains own subconscious systems for learning and development.
Understanding Failures Role in the Learning Process
‘I never fail; I either succeed or I learn’ - Nelson Mandela
It’s commonly dictated that failure has its place somewhere along our journeys and actually forms a part of the lesson. By virtue, the two notions actually work hand in hand.
Remember this; without failure, we cannot experience a meaningful success!
We’ve all experienced failure at some stage in our lives, it’s how we deal with it that defines our future progress.
The Process of Learning
Often, it’s only ever our own mindset that creates an obstacle in what’s essentially just a mental block. The inner-critic will be at its loudest whenever an obstacle is formed and, our reaction to this voice will be critical in deciding our subsequent actions.
Reflecting back on the Fixed and Dynamic Mindset; each will react differently to an obstacle. The fixed mind will shield itself to prevent the failure ever occurring again while the dynamic mind will learn from the experience and may not even consider failure as an outcome.
At the end of all of this, we come to the realisation that true failure only ever exists when we quit; the ability to move forward and learn from each obstacle can only persist through the persistence of a Positive Mindset.
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