Sounds a bit counter-intuitive right?
Most plan to succeed in their lives, not fail.
I think this is wrong though.
We should plan to fail, but look to succeed.
Before success happens, you will fail again and again. You simply can’t just start doing something new and instantly be great at it!
Unless you’re some type of prodigy, in which case, you’re the exception, not the rule. So congrats, you cheated the system.
For the rest of us though, we will fail before we see success. Therefore, by planning to fail, we will be better prepared to learn from our mistakes and reach success at a much faster rate. You can essentially rewind to see where you went wrong while failing. You knew it was coming, so you were better prepared to take mental notes as to what went well and what did not go so well.
Planning to fail also takes a lot of the pressure off of your shoulders to nail your first attempt at whatever it is you’re doing. If you know you’re going to fail, then there’s really no pressure to succeed. Eliminating this pressure will ultimately allow you to function at a more optimal rate. When we let the pressure and stress take over our actions, we tend to get sloppy in our work.
Planning to fail will also protect your psyche.
Going into a new task expecting success and being met with failure after failure can be incredibly taxing on our mental well-being. This can be what causes you to quit or stagnate. Both of these actions are the opposite of what success is.
In order to achieve true success, you need to continue getting bigger and better. You do this until you reach a place where you are truly happy with every day that you have. You do this until you’ve made the life that you have always dreamed of for yourself.
Once you accomplish this, you have achieved true success.
Until then, I recommend that you plan to fail. Reaching true success will be no easy task. It definitely won’t arrive quickly either. It’s going to be a long process with lots of smaller successes along the way. Enjoy these successes, but don’t become trapped by them.
Continue on to reach the true success that you desire, and plan to fail along the way. It’s a beautiful thing really.