Failure is Learning, misspelled.
In other words, "There is no such thing as
By Laura Burkey
Is it not TRUE that …
When a 1 year old falls after attempting her first few steps we call it
learning, not failing, to walk?
When a 5 year old falls off his bike we call it learning, not
failing, to ride a bike?
When a 20 year old doesn't get that first professional job he
interviewed for, we call it learning, not failing, about life in
'the real world'.
So, as you and I continue to progress forward in our life and stumble
here or fall down there…. Isn't it that we too are still and always,
just learning (not failing) to know, do, and be what we wish most
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Equipped with this new definition and understanding of what failure
really is: (learning, misspelled) - Think of an example of
something you have avoided doing or trying, because you were afraid of
Take this one client's Example: - I am afraid to speak in
public because I might look, say, or do something stupid and thus fail
miserably at my dream to be a respected and world renowned speaker.
My client gave up her old definition of failure (which had made her
powerless) and approaches every opportunity now as curious student
(giving her power to learn, grow and excel at the things she desires).
I asked my client to re-write her fear of failing statement - as a
"wish to learning statement":
Here's what she wrote: "I wish to learn how to speak
effectively and profoundly in public (and to all different types of
groups) with ease, warmth, and grace, so that I can help people all over
Looking at her goal in this light ….She keeps her focus and energy
clear on what is most important to her (speaking really well) and not on
what she doesn't want (deciding she is not cut out to pursue her biggest
In fact, the fear of failing no longer stops my client from doing
anything, because failing isn't even an option to her. She instead shows
up to all her speaking opportunities curious of what new things she will
learn and discover on how to deliver public speeches with ease, warmth,
When you decide to spell failure as: L-E-A-R-N-I-N-G, you too can look
forward to a new kind of confidence and fearless-ness swelling inside
So begin now and enjoy the courage you have been longing for, and
counting on, to pursue and live all the dreams you have for yourself and
About the author: Laura Burkey coaches her clients to
get the results they want! Read more at www.lauraburkeycoaching.com
Ms. Burkey is so committed to the work she does for her clients that she
founded the Coach Master Skill Group www.coachmasterskillgroup.com
an organization committed to on-going skill practice and development for
professional coaches dedicated to coaching mastery. Ms. Burkey is available
for individual, group, and corporate coaching. Workshops and speaking
engagements available on a limited basis.
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