I’ve been focusing on the business side of blogging a lot since I came back from BlogFest. I learned so much there that I want to apply to how I’m running my blog and my social media accounts. I’ve been working on some things behind-the scenes and playing around with some new toys like Periscope. (Follow me at @runwithsunrise!) I have a lot of pie-in-the-sky ideas that I want to run with, but I’m a perfectionist, and I’m afraid to try anything unless it’s 100% there. I’m afraid of failure. But, to find true success, I think I start to need to dare to fail.
Failure is scary, especially for those of us who are used to taking failure personally. If you fail an exam in college, it’s because you didn’t study hard enough. It’s your fault and your responsibility to get the work done to succeed. However, when you get out into the real world, failure often doesn’t result from hard work, but from other circumstances. Maybe you create a product that there just isn’t demand for. Maybe you write a blog post that you thought people would love that just falls flat. That’s okay.
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The more you dare to fail, the more likely you are to succeed. If 10% of your tries are going to succeed and you try ten times instead of five, you’re guaranteeing your success. When you dare to fail, you take more of those chances that you’ll find something that really resonates or sticks. When you try more, you’re getting practice at what it is you’re trying to do, whether it’s getting a BQ or finding clients for your business. There’s a reason why “practice makes perfect” is a common saying. Every failure brings you closer to success.
My challenge to myself this week is to take a few risks and to dare to fail at a few things. Maybe you all will hate one of my blog posts, and that’s okay, because I’ll just write another one tomorrow. Without taking risks, I’ll never know my true potential, so I’m challenging myself to become less risk-averse, especially when that means just putting myself out there more. So, look forward to seeing more content (and more Periscopes!) from me as I try to figure out how to best serve you, my readers and followers. Because really, it’s all for you and helping you find out what makes you healthy and happy.
A quick announcement for my blogger friends! I’m finishing an Instagram course put on by Amanda Tress that has been so incredibly helpful and changed my outlook on a lot of what I do! She’s opening the class up again, so if you’re interested, I would very highly recommend checking out her Inspire Instagram Academy! Feel free to email or message me if you have questions about the course and what I thought of it—I’m happy to answer them!
What are you challenging yourself to this week?
Are you a risk taker?