It is OK to Fail


Failing at workI was challenged the other day.”Your philosophies leave no room for failure” I was told that I preach about reaching goals, and that nothing is impossible. A lot of stuff is impossible. “I can never become a star football player, because my knees don’t work”. “I can’t become whatever I want”, “there is limitations” I have been under heavy artillery lately so, since this is coming from close personal friends and family I feel the need to say it is ok to fail.

Goals , Hopes and Dreams

There is a difference between the following:
– Unrealistic dream
– Realistic dream
– Unrealistic goals
– Realistic goals
– Unrealistic hope
– Realistic hope

Realistic is within reach, it is aligned with your talents. When does realistic become unrealistic? People have reached unrealistic goals before, realized unrealistic dreams, and overcome unrealistic hope. So where do you draw the line between realistic and unrealistic? A goal needs to be attainable, but not easy. A dream should be big but not to big? How can you stretch your achievements and develop if you limit yourself? Do not pin point one goal to a specific outcome, but keep hunting for improvements.

The reason why people fail…

If your goal is to be captain on Manchester United you set yourself up for failure, especially if you are like my chubby friend with bad knees, skewed vision and a bad back. The goal should be to be the best soccer player YOU can be!

Good goals:
Be the best leader you can be
Be the best employee you can be
Be the best technician you can be
Be the best swimmer you can be

– such goals is impossible to fail, and they pin point your obligation to do your best. You will need to continue to improve, seek knowledge and skills necessary to improve.

There are two things I love to tell myself.
Continue to improve, continue to challenge myself.

How can you fail? There are no limitations to how great you can be! There is no distinct border between realistic and unrealistic. You will just continue to improve, and as long as it is a fulfilling task you will have a lot of fun as well.

My goal: To become the best leader I can possible be.
My obligation: Is to continue to seek knowledge and wisdom, in order to make you the best you can become.

Do you have a goal with limitations and deadlines? How can you re-write your goal to be a gliding goal, for ongoing improvements?

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2 Comments on "It is OK to Fail"

  1. Frode Heimen | August 12, 2010 at 10:44 am |

    Hi Alanah!
    Thank you for a great comment.
    I love big hairy audacious goals 🙂


  2. Hey,
    This is a great post. I agree 100%… It’s more than OK to fail! In our company we expect failure. Fail fast, learn fast.
    Having an unrealistic goal as your only goal is going to be tricky for you. But having many smaller goals that leads up to one big hairy audacious goal is a great way to meet an “unrealistic dream” It’s the unreasonable people out there who change the world.

    George Bernard Shaw wrote: “The reasonable man adopts himself to the world, the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

    When I came into this company I thought the goal was unrealistic but then I realized that it’s good to have one! Take life one day at a time and work on smaller goals each day but it’s not going to hurt anyone to have an outrageous final goal. If you fail along the way to that goal… you are one step closer.

    Thanks for the great content!

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