Failure Doesn’t Exist

Failure?Failure Doesn't Exist

Have you ever held back on doing something because you were afraid of failure?  Most people have!  Let’s face it; no one likes to fail.  None of us likes to feel like we’re ineffective, weak or lacking in any way, and that’s exactly how failure makes us feel.

However, you may be surprised to know that failure doesn’t exist – until YOU say it does.  In the dictionary, failure has several definitions:  1)  a failing to do or perform  2)  a state of inability to perform a normal function adequately  3)  a fracturing or giving way under stress  4)  a lack of success.

Look carefully at those definitions and you’ll probably realize they have one thing in common when it comes to goal achievement:  failure is a PERCEPTION.

If you believe you have failed, then you have. Also if you believe you don’t have the ability to succeed, then you don’t.  And if you believe you can’t handle the pressure of achieving your goals, you can’t.  Finally if you believe you’re not successful, you aren’t.  Failure only exists in your own mind!  The moment you decide to give up or stop working toward your goals, failure is born.

But what if you never do that?  What if you continue working toward your goals, one step at a time for as long as it takes?  There’s no failure then, is there?

This insight should be very encouraging if you’ve been working toward goals and not yet seeing positive results.  Simply keep going and you cannot fail!

Here are three tips to help you stay strong and focused on your goals:

1) Never give yourself an out.  Most people do this without even realizing it.  They are willing to work hard on achieving their goals, until the going gets too rough or their motivation dwindles.  Don’t do that!  Commit to making your goals happen, no matter what!  Never quit, never contemplate admitting failure, and never lose your inner determination.

2) Don’t get hooked on a specific time frame for completion.  It’s okay to set a general timeline. Just be aware that some circumstances will be beyond your control. So you can’t say for sure when your goal will be achieved.  If you do that, you’re just setting yourself up for failure!  Instead, get a general idea of when you’d like your goal to be completed. Then take it a day at a time and focus on making progress, not reaching the finish line in as little time as possible.

3) Finally, be sure that you don’t view obstacles and setbacks as failures.  The two are completely different.  An obstacle, setback or delay means only one thing:  it’s not time for your goal to be completed yet.  That’s it!  It doesn’t mean you failed; doesn’t mean you’re weak; and doesn’t mean you’ll never achieve your goals.  It means you’re not done with your project yet.  You’ve got to keep moving forward and find a way around or through the obstacle.


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Are you currently unhappy with your job or with your employer in general?  If you are, you may have considered changing jobs. With that in mind, if you depend on your paycheck to help pay your bills or to help support your family, you may be unsure as to whether or not a job change is really in the best interest of you and your family.  If this is something that you have asked yourself before, you will want to continue reading on.

When it comes to determining whether or not you should change jobs, there are a number of important factors that you will want to take into consideration. These factors are important, as no two situations are the same.  Different individuals rely on their paychecks for different things.  That is why it is advised that you examine the factors outlined below and then use them in your own, personal, situations.

One of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration, before deciding if you should change jobs, is your current job’s pay. Do you think that you receive a fair salary?  If you do, do you know that it may be difficult for you to make the same amount of money elsewhere?  Unless you are lucky enough to receive a job in upper level management, you may find yourself right back at the bottom of the ladder, having to work your way right back up.  For that reason, you will want to first take your current salary and compare it the salary that is being advertised with job openings that you can find in your local newspapers or online.

Health insurance is another factor that you will want to take into consideration, when deciding if you should change your job.  Do you currently rely on your job for health insurance, either for yourself or for your whole family?  If you do, this is definitely a factor that needs to be taken into consideration. Yes, you may be able to purchase health insurance for yourself or at least an extension of your coverage, but you should know that this can get quite expensive.  With that in mind, should you still decide to switch jobs, you may want to schedule all of your doctor’s appointments before you do so, just to get everything in order.  If your current coverage includes dental and vision coverage, you may also want to make these appointments too, just in case.

The current job outlook is another factor that you will want to take into consideration.  If you are looking to change jobs, do you already have a new job lined up?  If you do not, you will want to at least make sure that there is a good chance that you can seek employment elsewhere.  In most cases, you are unable to collect unemployment payments if you leave your job on your own terms.  If you have a family to support or if you rely on your income to pay important bills, like your rent or mortgage payments, you may want to have a backup plan in place.

In keeping with the current job outlook, you are advised to examine all job openings in your area.  What you will want to do is examine any required training, work experience, or education. Unfortunately, many individuals realize too late that they are unqualified for their dream job.  This is something that you do not want to do.  Instead of assuming, you can easily examine the average job requirements by examining all available job openings in your local newspaper or online.  If you do not have the necessary training, you may want to consider enrolling in a career training course, as they may be able to improve your chances of finding a new job.

The above mentioned factors are just a few of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration, should you be interested in changing jobs.  Of course, the decision to seek employment elsewhere is your decision to make, but, with something this important, you are advised to proceed with caution.