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Don't Be Afraid to Fail

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When I was applying to colleges, I didn’t have the grade point average or SAT scores of my scholarly sister, Laura. My high school guidance counselor asked me why I wasn’t applying to more challenging schools, and my only response was that I didn’t have the grades my sister did and I wouldn’t get in. He asked me how I knew if I didn’t apply. This time, I had no response.

What could I say? He was right. I certainly wasn’t going to get in if I didn’t apply, and there was no way I could be any worse off by sending in a submission. I took the chance, expanded my application pool and was accepted at six of the seven schools I applied to. The only downside was eating crow in front of my guidance counselor when the acceptance letters came in.

We can’t be afraid of failure. If we don’t try, we have already failed.

Why not give yourself the chance to succeed? Pick something that scares you a bit, and decide you are going to take the risk to follow through with it today. The only real failure is not trying it at all. As Wayne Gretzky says, “We miss 100 percent of the shots we never take.” Take the shot and take the chance.

Ask yourself WHY you are afraid of failing. Are you worried about looking foolish in front of others? Are you worried about letting others—or even yourself—down? I often have to heed the same advice I give my five-year-old daughter. The only way you will look foolish and the only way you’ll let me down is if you don’t put in any effort. You are right, you MIGHT fail the first few times. And, you might not! Sometimes the only way to find success is to fail a number of times in order to learn, develop and grow. Remember that Steve Jobs was fired from Apple. He came back and changed the world.

When I think of the end of my life, I know I’d be much more disappointed in myself for not taking the risk than I would be for having a number of near misses. I know that regrets will be much harder to swallow than off-shoots.

********** Motivational Weight Management Tip **********

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