“Courage is ignoring the jeers and feeling the fears. Courage is returning to the edge of our comfort zone and choosing the place where our fear dwells, because we are worthy of another chance at life. Regardless of what the critics say.”
People who experience success aren’t better at being successful; they are better at failing. They don’t misinterpret failures as a sign that they should be doing something else. They don’t listen to the people who tell them their failures define them. They get back up and try again, believing their passion is truer than their setbacks. In other words, success doesn’t always feel great; more often than not, it feels like failure that didn’t stop us.
In Episode 51 of The Loveable Podcast, we will turn your definitions of success and courage upside down, and cultivate the courage to fail by listening to the right people.
Here are just a few of the takeaways from this week’s episode:
- A job is not a passion. A job is a place to practice your passion, or a place you are leaving for a new place where you can practice your passion more consistently.
- Everyone is making it up as they go. Don’t worry about needing to know the outcome before you get started. The outcome unfolds as you act bravely.
- The mindset necessary for beginning to practice our passions: “Learn to be a rookie and love it.”
- Fear makes you quiet; defy it by telling someone you trust about it.
- Stubborn is another word for courageous.
- You don’t have to be over your fear to practice your passion; you have to be sick of it.
- Whenever we pursue a passion that is an authentic expression of our true self, we will also experience misfortune, disappointment, and pain. Hardship is not necessarily a sign you should stop.
- We are defined not by the criticism we receive but by the courage we live.
- Failures don’t have to be conclusions; they can be course corrections.
- Impostor syndrome would evaporate if we could all admit we’re learning and making mistakes as we go.
- Practice say nothing at all. Defending oneself and justifying oneself are just distractions from the work of pursuing our passions.
You can listen below or on iTunes!
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Dr. Kelly Flanagan is a psychologist, author, consultant, and speaker who enjoys walking with people through the three essentials of a truly satisfying life: worthiness, belonging, and purpose. His blog writings have been featured in Reader’s Digest, The Huffington Post, The 5 Love Languages, and the TODAY Show. Kelly is the author of Loveable and True Companions.