Let’s face it – there are TONS of blog posts out there that tell you how to succeed. The niche is pretty full. We all have a pretty good idea about how to win. Failure, on the other hand, doesn’t get a lot of attention. Therefore, I thought I would discuss the absolute best method you can use to guarantee failure – in any endeavor!
Everyone knows the basic techniques for succeeding at failing – not trying hard, vague goals, negative mindset, etc. While those certainly can derail a plan, they can’t hold a candle to the number one way…
The absolute best way to ensure you won’t reach a goal is to not even try to reach it. If you don’t try to learn a foreign language, you have a high percentage chance of not learning one. Don’t want to accidentally win a writing contest – don’t enter. Afraid of getting turned down for your dream job – don’t apply.
It seems so simple, but it is often overlooked. People can’t understand why they are not able to reach their goals, yet they haven’t even started down the road. How does the saying go – “The longest journey begins with a single step” or something like that? Worried you won’t reach the end of your journey? Just don’t take the first step.
Now some will argue that by not even trying you ARE failing. I guess you could make that argument. But that’s the great thing about failing – if you are TRYING to fail and you fail -then you end up succeeding… right? It is a win-win proposition.
So next time you have a chance to either participate in a tough challenge or stand on the sidelines and be a critic, make the smart move and be the critic. But don’t take my word for it. Teddy Roosevelt said it best back in 1910, during a speech at the Sorbonne in Paris:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.“
So what is YOUR next goal?