When you fail, are you failing forward? What does that even mean? Perhaps we can learn from one of, if not the, greatest basketball players of all time:
So, are you failing forward? We all make mistakes, but do you allow that to hang you up and keep you from getting back up and doing it again? I wrote about fear in a previous column and how that is not meant to be part of us. Let’s do something a little different. I got this activity from a mentor of mine, Jordan Schultz. You can get more of his trainings at My Lead System Pro.
Step 1: Take out a blank sheet of paper.
Step 2: Actually do step one. I know you are just reading this and not doing it. Here is a hint, it won’t work if you don’t do it. I’ll wait….
Step 3: Good. Now draw a squigly line border on all four edges
Step 4: Write the number 2 in the middle of the paper, about 2-3 inches big
Step 5: Put a star in each corner (note: this should mean you have 4 stars. Just making sure you are following along )
Step 6: Under the “2″, write the words, “make mistakes”
Step 7: In the bottom right corner, write, “Authorized by”
Step 8: Above the “2″, write, “License”
Step 9: Sign just below the “Authorized by”
You should now have a license to make mistakes that looks something like this:
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Okay, maybe not quite like this, but you get the idea. I have several scanned copies of my handwritten one to show you. They are in the reaches beyone where no one can find them (translation: technical difficulty).
So, go out there and make mistakes! You are now licensed to do so. Make as many mistakes as you can, but keep getting up!