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Unlock Your Creativity – Step 4

As we continue to explore the series of steps suggested by Vivian Banta in her article Unlocking Your Creativity, (posted at Creativity For Life!) have you followed through on Step 3 —

Be brave and take the leap.

If you have, then you may already have first hand experience with Step 4:

Expect some failures… and growth.

Zane Grey
Walt Disney
Jerry Seinfeld
Henry Ford
Lucille Ball

Each struggled and experienced their share of failures before succeeding.

Failure is embarrassing. A blow to our pride. The trauma of failure can stop us in our tracks. However, if we are going to trying something new, failure will be an unavoidable part of our life.

So how can we manage failure, so it doesn’t take away our motivation to try again? So we don’t give up on our dreams?

Stop expecting perfection. Very few things turn out flawless the first time. We learn by failing. Failure is a part of being successful. Success is about dealing with failure.

Through failure we learn and improve. By considering the failure as feedback, we can change strategies and take a different approach. We may have to do this many, many times. Each time will bring us closer to success. Closer to living our dream.

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. -Marilyn Vos Savant

The links for the first three steps in this series:
Step 1
Step 2
Step 3

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