In the words of Winston Churchill, “success is not final, failure is not fatal — it is the courage to continue that counts”. If you’ve failed in the past yet didn’t give up, you’re stronger than you think. Everybody is afraid of failure, and experiencing it is ultimately inevitable. Yet your response to this failure is what makes all the difference. Here are a few habits that could guarantee failure, based off an article I found on entrepreneur.com:
Failing to plan: You have a better chance at success if you have a general plan. This doesn’t have to be perfect, and you’ll ultimately get more out of getting something done than getting it done perfectly. Think through whatever you want to achieve and make plans on what to do next. You should have specific, measurable and time-bound plans. If your plan isn’t measurable, you’ll be prone to procrastinate, so work with timelines to achieve ideal results.
Fear of trying: As Wayne Gretzky once said, you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Start to confront your fears and take the most basic steps towards what you have to do.
Giving up too soon: One of the best secrets of success is learning to conquer your doubts. Most of us give up on our passions too soon, yet don’t give up. Take a look at the story of this man: he failed in business at 21 and 24, lost a legislative race at 22, lost a congressional race at 34, a senatorial race at 3 and failed at becoming Vice President at 47. Yet then at the age of 52 he became President of the United States. Who is that, you might ask? Abraham Lincoln.
Disbelief: If you don’t believe in what you do, then you’ll give up, and all the effort you’re putting into it will have been in vain. Your mind’s unconscious beliefs play a huge role in the amount of effort you ultimately put into your life’s work. Your progress depends on your decision to try knowing that you’ll overcome your failures and rise above them.
Making excuses: There will always be a reason to why it “can’t be done”. People are always trying to explain why they couldn’t, shouldn’t or didn’t do something, but making excuses like that just means that you’re not in control. People make excuses because they’re afraid of the unknown, or afraid of change, rejection and embarrassment. If you learn how to eliminate all traces of fear from your life, then you can stop making excuses.