Opportunities, Failures, and Mistakes – 3 Goal Setting Realities

Opportunities, Failures, and Mistakes – 3 Goal Setting Realities

Setting goals can be inspiring, exciting, overwhelming, and a little scary.  The path to achieving those goals can be extremely rewarding, overwhelming, and a little scary. Whatever you goals, here are three concepts that may help along the way.

#1 – You will never feel 100% ready when an opportunity arises.

The number one thing that holds people back is their own reluctance to accept an opportunity simply because they don’t think they’re ready. In other words, they believe they require additional knowledge, skill, experience, etc. before they can aptly partake in the opportunity. Sadly, this is the kind of thinking that stifles personal growth.

The truth is nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises. Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow emotionally and intellectually. They force us to stretch our comfort zones, and ourselves, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first. And when we don’t feel comfortable, we don’t feel ready.

Just remember that significant moments of opportunity for personal growth and development will come and go throughout your lifetime. If you are looking to make positive changes in your life you will need to embrace these moments of opportunity even though you will never feel 100% ready for them.

#2 – All people posses dimensions of success and dimensions of failure.

Trying to be perfect is a waste of time and energy. Perfection is an illusion.

All people are multidimensional. Powerful businessmen, polished musicians, best-selling authors, and even our own parents all have dimensions of success and dimensions of failure present in their lives.

Our successful dimensions usually encompass the things we spend the most time doing. We are successful in these dimensions because of our prolonged commitment to them. This is the part of our lives we want others to see – the successful part that holds our life’s work. It’s the notion of putting our best foot forward. It’s the public persona we envision as our personal legacy.

But behind whichever polished storyline we publicly promote, there lies a multi-dimensional human being with a long list of unprofessed failures.

#3 – Every mistake you make is progress.

Mistakes teach you important lessons. Every time you make one, you’re one step closer to your goal. The only mistake that can truly hurt you is choosing to do nothing simply because you’re too scared to make a mistake.

So don’t hesitate – don’t doubt yourself. In life, it’s rarely about getting a chance; it’s about taking a chance. You’ll never be 100% sure it will work, but you can always be 100% sure doing nothing won’t work. Most of the time you just have to go for it!

And no matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be. Either you succeed or you learn something. Win-Win. Remember, if you never act, you will never know for sure, and you will be left standing in the same spot forever.

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