I purposely didn’t capitalize the title today, because we’re going to be talking about failure and I don’t want to give it the importance of a capital letter! My happiness tidbit for today is: when you’re working towards a goal, work all the way to the last minute as though it’s going to happen. What I’ve found in myself is that when it looks like things aren’t coming together, I tend to pull back before the finish line. If you’re not on track to finish, work as though you are on track!
One of the ways in which fear of failure rears it’s ugly head in my own life is it sometimes keeps me from playing to win. Instead, I find myself playing not to lose, and there is a big difference! Here’s the mind game that creeps in. If I work hard, but not my best; if I try, but hold back a little bit; if I don’t completely throw my heart over the bar… then I won’t be as disappointed if I don’t make it. But if I do play all out, do my absolute best, give it everything and I don’t make it, how awful will that be? I don’t have the excuse that if I had just worked a little harder, I would have done it. Even as I write this, it seems silly. But I know that there are people reading this who can identify! We are too attached to the results! Yet when I look back at missed goals that I did work at my best, I can still find the joy. It’s not just disappointment. And who said disappointment was the end of the world anyway?
Whatever it is that you’re trying to achieve, recognize where you’re holding back and stop it! God designed you for great things and giving Him second-best is never the best option. I know you can do it!