Have you ever attempted doing something and you think: what if it doesn’t work out as planned? Or what if the business fails? Or what if I don’t have enough resources to finish? One way or the other in whatever thing we wanted doing, we have encountered this kind of questions and it all points to the fact that no one wants to fail. We want to be secured in whatever thing we set out to do and we want everything ready and all our inner questions answered. But the greatest lessons in life are the lessons we learn from things we failed at doing. We get the experiences real unlike when we are told it could happen.
Fear is something that is common to everyone. No matter how little the project or work may seem, we tend to get scared of failing it. We get scared of failing academically, in the discharge of our official duties, in our marital affairs, in our businesses etc. And as a result of this fear of failing, some persons cannot launch out into doing great things or even start up something they are passionate about.
This limits us and confines us to a certain level which isn’t good.
We all have hidden talents, gifts or ideas that if we can but take that bold step, we would forever be grateful to God for it.
Personally, I was once a perfectionist to the core. I don’t ever imagine myself failing in doing anything or getting below my intended objective. But it was limiting, because I couldn’t do things I have assumed I couldn’t do simply because I didn’t know how to do it, I couldn’t launch out to new ideas as I was scared of disappointing myself. But when I decided to act like Esther in the Bible “if I perish, I perish“, I discovered things that I never believed I could do.
Failing at something isn’t the end of it, rather, it gives room for learning different dimensions of doing a particular thing, it makes you wise ( in-the-sense that you can offer to advise someone on that particular area since you’ve got the experience). It all depends on what you do with it.
To launch out into that field you’ve always had in mind, start that business you’ve always wanted, contribute those ideas you’ve always kept to yourself and watch your dream turn into reality. Don’t forget to ask questions in areas you aren’t sure of and give room for learning.
Don’t limit yourself!
Writer: Obi Jael (Jayob)