The Fear Factor

Day 2 of 4 • This day’s reading


Is fear of failure holding you back from your dreams and your purpose?

Most people are afraid of failure and the disappointment that accompanies it. This is why so many people settle for mundane lives that bring them no fulfillment. Instead of facing the possible embarrassment of making a public mistake, they accept the safe and predictable existence that takes them nowhere near their goals.

All of us have failed at something in our lives. All of us have made mistakes. Michael Jordan once said, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions, I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot… and missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” 

Jordan, like all other great players, knew how to rebound and to shoot again and again until he finally hit the goal. He wouldn’t give up. He didn’t even pay attention to the cheers or the jeers of the crowd. He just focused on the ball and focused on the rim and kept shooting and rebounding and shooting again until he overcame his misses and did what he was trying to do. He was fearless. 

You must have that same tenacity. The desire to win must be greater than the fear of failure. Stay the course, keep moving forward. A failure is not the end; it is part of the journey.