Scared of failure? Act anyway

Well over a decade ago, little Makenna was a junior in high school and was thrilled to high heaven to audition for the ‘fancy pants choir’ that was considered the elite of the elite in high school choir-dom.  It was a long, drawn out process to even audition.  There was the informational meeting that you HAD to attend, the in-person audition, and the long series of essays to you had to write.

So I went to the meeting, and did my audition, and felt like I tanked, so I went to my choir director’s office and said that I was dropping my application.

He stared me straight in the face and said “Makenna, if you don’t finish you’ll never know whether you’ll get in or not.  If you do finish the process as least you KNOW that you did everything in your power.  Are you ready to live with that regret?”

The clear answer to me was abso-fucking-lutely not.

So I went home, finished the essays, and submitted my application.  And waited.  And waited.  And waited.

Spoiler alert:  Much to my surprise, I got in.

I wasn’t the most talented, I wasn’t the most dedicated, but I was a pretty surprising blend of passionate, talented, and dedicated.  Which was good enough.  The key for me?  Those essays.  The essays I almost didn’t write because I was afraid.

So what the hell does high school choir have to do with business coaching?

One of the biggest blocks I find with clients, friends, and family is the fear of failure.  The fear of something not working out, the fear that if you put yourself out there and it doesn’t work that your world  is over, doomed.  Crushed.

But the truth is, if you don’t TRY you’ve already failed. 

Inaction IS failure. 

(click it, tweet it)

Sure, not acting and sitting on your hands might FEEL better in theory, but the reality is that action, even if it comes with failure is a message you send to yourself that you CAN do it, even if the results aren’t what you expected.

Why should you face your fears and act?

Well, you have a 0% chance of succeeding if you sit on your hands, and an UNLIMITED chance of succeeding if you act.  (tweet it out!)

Action has no upper limit to success, only inaction does.

What action can you take today that you’ve been avoiding out of fear?  Post in the comments, let’s chat!


Ready to tackle your fear of failure and move into audacity with balance and grace? Let’s work together.  We’ll get your digital & business strategy and your mindset working for you, instead of against you.

587 thoughts on “Scared of failure? Act anyway

  1. LOL, well thank you so much for this blog post as it was very timely. It showed up in my facebook notifications as I was sitting here repeating over and over how badly I did not want to do something. Since I do not like to fail I shall move ahead. Cheers!

  2. Today I caught up on the leasons I was behind on with an on-line class I’m taking about building a succeasful arts/crafts business. Yay me – 100% on all three quizzes and I also did the discussion assignments. Smiling & Waving, Sharon

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