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“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

If you’ve ever taken a chance, you’ve inevitably failed. And as you probably know, failure is not negative in itself — it’s how you handle it that matters. The best way to move past failure is to learn why it happened, and what you can do to prevent it in the future.


Here are 5 reasons why you’re probably going to fail, and how to move past them:

1. It’s not your passion. If it doesn’t make your heart beat fast or cause your mind to race when you’re trying to sleep, you’re probably doing the wrong thing. Move onto something else.

2. You don’t have a plan. You need a vision, and you need to identify specific steps to make that vision become reality. That includes a financial plan, and by the way, I happen to believe you need direction from God on this.

3. You’re not willing to work hard. Everything worth pursuing in my life has involved discipline and perseverance. If you’re not willing to work for it, you don’t want it bad enough.

4. You won’t have the tough conversations. When breakdown happens (and it always does), someone needs to toughen up and initiate the difficult conversations that lead to relational healing.

5. You’re afraid of failure. When fear consumes you, it will cause you to do stupid things. You’ll let negativity distract you, you’ll embrace the known, and grow comfortable with mediocrity. The more often you fail, though, the more often you’ll find success.

This list doesn’t just apply professionally—this is true in your personal life as well. Failure in any area of your life could be traced back to one (or all five) of these things. The key is to recognize the signs, address them, and keep going.

Remember: if you’re not failing, you’re not moving forward.

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